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Definition of Refrain


  1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern.
  2. To abstain from
  3. To keep one's self from action or interference; to hold aloof; to forbear; to abstain.
  4. The burden of a song; a phrase or verse which recurs at the end of each of the separate stanzas or divisions of a poetic composition.

Refrain Quotations

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
William Shakespeare

As an example to others, and not that I care for moderation myself, it has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain from smoking when awake.
Mark Twain

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
Marcus Aurelius

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worth while. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
Aleister Crowley
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Refrain Translations

refrain in French is refrain
refrain in Italian is ritenere, ritornello, ritornello
refrain in Spanish is estribillo

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