Definition of abstinence:
- 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.
- The practice of self- denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.
abstention, nonindulgence, refraining, fasting, keeping aloof, used, sacrifice, self-abnegation, continence, Puritanism, Drugs, self-control, desistance, chasteness, self-restraint, surrender, renunciation, withholding, New Year's resolution, forbearance.
- avoidance (part of speech: noun)
- asceticism (part of speech: noun)
- celibacy (part of speech: noun)
- sobriety (part of speech: noun)
- temperance (part of speech: noun)
- "The Makers of Canada: Champlain", N. E. Dionne.
She knew the danger of his enforced abstinence; she gave him a draught that should have compelled sleep; but after an hour he woke with a scream, and clutched at her shoulders with fingers that bit the flesh, and flung her away from him, and cowered in the most distant corner, hands before him, shrieking: Back, Mauger!- "The Sea Bride", Ben Ames Williams.
- "Landmarks in the History of Early Christianity", Kirsopp Lake.