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Definition of Abstinence


  1. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also total abstinence.
  2. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.

Abstinence Quotations

Most cultures traditionally link food and spirituality directly with periodic restrictions and celebrations punctuating the year. Abstinence from particular foods or full-on fasting is part of many religious traditions and holidays.
Marcus Samuelsson

Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.
Robert South

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Saint Augustine

The Obama administration now has regulations that tells them that they can no longer promote marriage to these young girls. They can no longer promote marriage as a way of avoiding poverty and bad choices that they make in their life. They can no longer even teach abstinence education. They have to be neutral with respect to how people behave.
Rick Santorum
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Abstinence Translations

abstinence in Dutch is geheelonthouding, abstinentie
abstinence in French is abstention, abstinence
abstinence in German is Enthaltung {f}, Abstinenz {f}
abstinence in Hungarian is absztinencia
abstinence in Latin is ieiunium
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