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abstain
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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abstain
Used in
1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • He was a total abstainer and a nonsmoker, had no recreations except a daily hour in the gymnasium, and had taken a vow of celibacy, believing marriage and the care of a family to be incompatible with a twenty-four-hour-a-day devotion to duty.  (not reviewed by editor)

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