total abstinence
Abstinence Ab"sti*nence, n. [F. abstinence, L. abstinentia, fr. abstinere. See {Abstain}.] 1. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also {total abstinence}. [1913 Webster]

The abstinence from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat. [1913 Webster]

Penance, fasts, and abstinence, To punish bodies for the soul's offense. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


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  • Total abstinence — Total To tal, a. [F., fr. LL. totalis, fr. L. tolus all,whole. Cf. {Factotum}, {Surtout}, {Teetotum}.] Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute; as, a total departure from the evidence; a total loss. Total darkness. To undergo myself… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Total — To tal, a. [F., fr. LL. totalis, fr. L. tolus all,whole. Cf. {Factotum}, {Surtout}, {Teetotum}.] Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute; as, a total departure from the evidence; a total loss. Total darkness. To undergo myself the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Total depravity — Total To tal, a. [F., fr. LL. totalis, fr. L. tolus all,whole. Cf. {Factotum}, {Surtout}, {Teetotum}.] Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute; as, a total departure from the evidence; a total loss. Total darkness. To undergo myself… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abstinence — Ab sti*nence, n. [F. abstinence, L. abstinentia, fr. abstinere. See {Abstain}.] 1. The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abstinence — n. 1) to practice abstinence 2) complete, total abstinence 3) abstinence from (abstinence from alcohol) * * * [ æbstɪnəns] total abstinence complete to practiceabstinence abstinence from (abstinence from alcohol) …   Combinatory dictionary

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