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Abstainer   Listen

Someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline.  Synonym: ascetic.
A person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages.  Synonyms: abstinent, nondrinker.

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"Abstainer" Quotes from Famous Books

... a total abstainer, it is extremely uncivil to decline taking wine if you are invited to do so. In accepting, you have only to pour a little fresh wine into your glass, look at the person who invited you, bow slightly, and take a sip ...
— Routledge's Manual of Etiquette • George Routledge

... for a Court of Inquiry upon his own conduct was assumed to imply a desire to be relieved from the command of his corps. [Footnote: Id., pp. 188, 189, 197.] But the court was not assembled till the next winter. McDowell had been maligned almost as unscrupulously as Pope. A total abstainer from intoxicating drinks, he was persistently described as a drunkard, drunken upon the field of battle. One of the most loyal and self-forgetting of subordinates, he was treated as if a persistent intriguer for command. A brave and competent soldier, he was believed to be worthless ...
— Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1 • Jacob Dolson Cox

Words linked to "Abstainer" :   puritan, abstain, someone, person, somebody, teetotalist, individual, teetotaler, teetotaller, ascetic, religious person, abstinent, soul, drinker, stylite, mortal

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