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 ?
     You a total abstainer, my son.
The brandy I did not touch, for I have been an abstainer from my birth.
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.
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.
Mr Todhunter, as has been remarked, is a quiet thrifty gentleman, essentially an 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.
Meanwhile, in the second round, 47 out of 51 MPs voted in favor of the new sports law, against three others who opposed it and one abstainer.
Surprisingly, genes also have much to do with creating an abstainer.
9-fold increased risk for both the most favorable VACS trajectory and an extremely-high-mortality VACS trajectory, reflecting the split in prognosis between the healthy abstainer and sick quitter subgroups.
For testing the change in craving and NWS over the three times points (pre, post-treatment and 3 months follow-up), among abstainers and relapsers at 3 months follow-up, mixed factor analyses of variance (ANOVAs) were conducted, with time as the repeated factor and smoking status at 3 months follow-up (abstainer-relapser) as the between-subjects factor.
She seeks help from the school loner, Jesse, an Abstainer (someone who rejects technology), while a mysterious hacker leads her deeper into the Improvement conspiracy.
Descriptive Statistics by Drinking Group and Gender Men Women Total n M SD n M SD n M SD 1 Abstainer 8 6.