abstainer


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ab·stain

 (ăb-stān′, əb-)
intr.v. ab·stained, ab·stain·ing, ab·stains
1. To keep oneself from doing, engaging in, or partaking of something; refrain: abstain from partisan political rhetoric; abstain from drinking alcohol.
2. To refrain from voting: Forty senators voted in favor of the bill, 45 voted against it, and 15 abstained.

[Middle English absteinen, to avoid, from Old French abstenir, from Latin abstinēre, to hold back : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ab·stain′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abstainer - someone who practices self denial as a spiritual disciplineabstainer - someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
puritan - someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
stylite - an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillars
2.abstainer - a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beveragesabstainer - a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
teetotaler, teetotalist, teetotaller - a total abstainer
Translations

abstainer

[əbˈsteɪnəʳ] N
1. (= non-voter) → abstencionista mf
2. (= teetotaller) (also total abstainer) → abstemio/a m/f

abstainer

n
(from alcohol) → Abstinenzler(in) m(f)

abstainer

[əbˈsteɪnəʳ] n (teetotaller) → astemio/a
References in classic literature ?
The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.
Mr Todhunter, as has been remarked, is a quiet thrifty gentleman, essentially an abstainer.
But at the sad time of which I am trying to write, I was almost an abstainer, from the fear, the temptation - of seeking oblivion in strong waters.
     You a total abstainer, my son.
His political and social speeches were cataracts of anecdotes and "loud laughter"; his bodily health was of a bursting sort; his ethics were all optimism; and he dealt with the Drink problem (his favourite topic) with that immortal or even monotonous gaiety which is so often a mark of the prosperous total abstainer.
Both men were total abstainers, and behaved in all ways as exemplary members of the society, with the one simple exception that they were assassins who had often proved themselves to be most capable instruments for this association of murder.
This symbol represents the 0% drink and 0% drugs lifestyle choice and members are encouraged to wear the 0% pin, to be recognised as an Abstainer and give encouragement and support to other Abstainers.
Women, on the other hand, wanted a man who was a good provider, not afraid of hard work, honest, kind hearted, with good manners, and an abstainer from liquor, cigarettes, swearing, and gambling.
Descriptive Statistics by Drinking Group and Gender Men Women Total n M SD n M SD n M SD 1 Abstainer 8 6.
The abstainer was Tim Ben Boydston, the council's newest member and the one least likely to go along with the status quo.
This information is used to construct the following variables, which are controlled for in the empirical analysis: the age of the respondent (in years), age squared, an indicator for gender (male), race (African American, Asian, Native American, with White as the comparison category), ethnicity (Hispanic, with non-Hispanic as the comparison category), the religion that the respondent grew up in (Catholic, Jewish, Moslem, Protestant, other religion, with no religion as the comparison category), parents' education (at least one parent completed college), and indicators of each parent's drinking behavior while the respondent was growing up (parent not present, former drinker, infrequent drinker, moderate drinker, heavy drinker, problem drinker with abstainer as the comparison category).
Compared with white males, black males are almost eight times as likely to be in the multiple partner cluster rather than in the abstainer cluster.