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abstinence
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
choosing not to do something — typically refraining from something such as alcohol or sex for self-benefit
  • But I may as well say—en passant, as the French remark—that I myself—that is to say, Jack Bunger, late of the reverend clergy—am a strict total abstinence man; I never drink—
    Chapters 100-102 -- The Pequod meets….; The Decanter; A Bower in the Arsacides (29% in)

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