The act or training of abstaining voluntary forbearance of every action particularly the refraining from an indulgence of desire for food or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities especially the practice of abstaining from intoxicating drinks called also complete abstinence
- the trait of abstaining (especially from alcoholic beverages)
- work or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
- The work or rehearse of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any activity, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Especially, the rehearse of abstaining from intoxicating drinks, -- labeled as additionally total abstinence.
- The rehearse of self-denial by depriving a person's self of particular kinds of food or drink, specially of animal meat.
The voluntary self-denial of meals, beverage, or intercourse. These days, abstinence most often means denial of the sexual intercourse.
mid-14c., "forbearance in indulgence associated with appetites," from Old French abstinence (early in the day astenance), from Latin abstinentia "abstinence, hunger; self-restraint, integrity," noun of high quality from abstinentem (nominative abstinens), present participle of abstinere (see abstain). Especially of intimate appetites from mid-14c., but in addition in Middle English of meals, fighting, luxury.
to attend or restrain.> Sexual abstinence - decision to not have sexual intercourse. A voluntary refraining from all intimate tasks.
(letter.) The work or training of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any activity, especially the refraining from an indulgence of desire for food, or from customary gratifications of pet or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called in addition total abstinence.
- (letter.) The training of self-denial by depriving a person's self of certain forms of meals or beverage, especially of animal meat.
The basis of the life was the Benedictine rule, but the observance of abstinence and silence went beyond it in stringency.