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Word: abstinence

Definition: restraint from pleasant things, esp. eating or drinking; CF. abstention: act of abstaining from vote


Sentences Containing 'abstinence'

So many loathsome animals inhabited the prison, that their noise did not, in general, awake him; but whether abstinence had quickened his faculties, or whether the noise was really louder than usual, Edmond raised his head and listened.
``In a word,''said Mercedes,``it was a way of assuring me that his abstinence was intended.''
He was one of the few, very few, translators that have shown any apprehension of the unsmiling gravity which is the essence of Quixotic humour; it seemed to him a crime to bring Cervantes forward smirking and grinning at his own good things, and to this may be attributed in a great measure the ascetic abstinence from everything savouring of liveliness which is the characteristic of his translation.
But the success has not hitherto been answerable, partly by some error in the _quantum_ or composition, and partly by the perverseness of lads, to whom this bolus is so nauseous, that they generally steal aside, and discharge it upwards, before it can operate; neither have they been yet persuaded to use so long an abstinence, as the prescription requires.
But I may as well say--en passant, as the French remark--that I myself--that is to say, Jack Bunger, late of the reverend clergy--am a strict total abstinence man; I never drink--" "Water!"

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::: countermand - cancel; revoke (an order)
::: purport - intention; purpose; meaning; V: claim; profess; Ex. order which purports to be signed by the general
::: mealymouthed - indirect in speech (when something unpleasant must be said); hypocritical; evasive
::: mincing - affectedly dainty(delicate); V. mince: cut (esp. meat) into very small pieces; walk with exaggerated primness; walk in an unnatural way, taking little short steps; Ex. The actor minced across the stage; CF. mincemeat; CF. mincer
::: gravity - seriousness; ADJ. grave
::: spasmodic - fitful; periodic; of or like a spasm; N. spasm: sudden involuntary muscular contraction; sudden burst of energy or emotion
::: quixotic - idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote