Abstemious vs Restrain - What's the difference?

abstemious | restrain |


As an adjective 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 .

As a verb restrain is

  to control or keep in check.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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

    restrain

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  •   To control or keep in check.
  •   To deprive of liberty.
  •   To restrict or limit.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-17
  • , author=George Monbiot, authorlink=George Monbiot , title=Money just makes the rich suffer , volume=188, issue=23, page=19 , magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) citation , passage=In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […]  The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra-wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.}}

    Synonyms

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    Derived terms

    * restraint

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