Abstemious vs Restrained - What's the difference?

abstemious | restrained |


As adjectives the difference between abstemious and restrained

is that abstemious is sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions while restrained is held back, limited, kept in check or under control.

As a verb restrained is

(restrain).

abstemious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
  • * Instances of longevity are chiefly among the abstemious - .
  • * Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. -
  • * 1919 ,
  • In the dimness of the landing I could not see him very well, but there was something in his voice that surprised me. I knew he was of abstemious habit or I should have thought he had been drinking.
  • Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation.
  • * an abstemious diet -
  • Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
  • * One abstemious day. -
  • * 1826 , , Chapter 5
  • [...] when I, abstemious naturally, and rendered so by the fever that preyed on me, was forced to recruit myself with food.
  • (rare) Promotive of abstemiousness.
  • * Such is the virtue of the abstemious well. -
  • * (English Citations of "abstemious")

    Synonyms

    abstentious, abstinent, continent, self-abnegating, self-denying, sober, temperate

    Derived terms

    * abstemiousness * unabstemious

    restrained

    English

    Adjective

    (head)
  • Held back, limited, kept in check or under control.
  • He greeted her for the first time in three years with a restrained embrace.

    Verb

    (head)
  • (restrain)
  • He was restrained by the straight jacket.

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