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Definition not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful


moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
  • The temperance movement led to Prohibition which completely outlawed the drinking of alcohol.
temperance = the belief that alcohol should not be drunk at all because it is harmful
  • I know what is good for me, but I lack temperance or self-control when I drink.
  • temperance = moderation
  • They called her "Lemonade Lucy" because her support of the temperance movement led her to ban alcohol in the White House.
  • temperance = the belief that alcohol should not be drunk at all because it is harmful
  • But I have heard that, with some persons, temperance - that is, moderation - is almost impossible...
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • temperance = moderation (not doing things excessively)
  • ...the intention was to recommend to young men temperance in eating and drinking.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • temperance = moderation (not eating or drinking excessively)
  • Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently. For in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
    William Shakespeare
  • And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life;
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • temperance = not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful
  • First they done a lecture on temperance; but they didn't make enough for them both to get drunk on.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • temperance = discouraging the drinking of alcohol
  • Well, I'd ben a-running' a little temperance revival thar 'bout a week, and was the pet of the women folks, big and little, for I was makin' it mighty warm for the rummies, I TELL you, and...
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • temperance = discouraging the drinking of alcohol
  • The old man was reaping the rewards of a life remarkable for temperance and activity, in a tranquil and placid death.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • In our society, temperance will not help a poor man to enrich himself, but it may help him to respect himself.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • Here is the stain on the lining caused by the explosion of a temperance beverage, an incident that occurred at Leamington.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • It was, indeed, quite true that the household had not been shining examples either of temperance, soberness, or chastity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • I never expected to find a temperance advocate in my own home, of all places!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Miep drank ten schnapps and smoked three cigarettes —could this be our temperance advocate?
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Be by, good madam, when we do awake him; I doubt not of his temperance.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • CHAPTER XXII TOM joined the new order of Cadets of Temperance, being attracted by the showy character of their "regalia."
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A most devilish kind of Spanish burgundy, warranted free from added alcohol: a Temperance burgundy in fact.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Rather rejoicing to see another merry, than merry at anything which professed to make him rejoice: a gentleman of all temperance.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • "Whence I am to infer," replied I, "that the drinking population constitutes the majority in your country, and that temperance is somewhat unpopular."
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1

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