abstain

All Verb Adverb
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  • Several abstained because they felt they had been elected to make laws rather than to judge.
  • How could it be otherwise, seeing that she has abstained from food these three days? Cited from The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I, by Euripides
  • The old king himself abstained from taking any part in the battle. Cited from The Story Of Ireland, by Emily Lawless
  • The power of abstaining from things gives us more power than the possession of them would. Cited from Light, Life, and Love, W. R. Inge
  • When he found how it was with him, he should have abstained. Cited from John Caldigate, by Anthony Trollope
  • The difficulty will be to abstain from working hard, but we will try. Cited from The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, by Walter Scott
  • And during three days and three nights he abstained from food of every sort. Cited from Kokoro, by Lafcadio Hearn
  • Abstain from society altogether when you are not able to play some part in it. Cited from The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, by Walter Scott
  • He must also abstain from going into her room or touching her clothes. Cited from Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India, by R. V. Russell
  • Name any ruler who has abstained from war because force is no argument. Cited from Essays in Rebellion, by Henry W. Nevinson
  • Those who abstain from it do so not out of lack of heart, but from choice. Cited from The Pleasures of Ignorance, by Robert Lynd
  • I abstained from taking money for the sake of justice and truth and my own future. Cited from Public Orations of Demosthenes, vol. 1,Demosthenes
  • He has successfully continued to abstain from drinking for the last three years.
  • The next day they abstained from saying more than a passing word to any of the French soldiers. Cited from Under Wellington's Command, by G. A. Henty
  • In the whole world, it is through these two that men are seen to act as also to abstain. Cited from The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3
  • The band wrote songs for about six months in the first year and then decided to abstain from writing for some time.
  • Every married man should abstain during certain natural seasons. Cited from Searchlights on Health, by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
  • At sea he had made it a principle to abstain from party-politics. Cited from The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660, by David Masson
  • My reason for abstaining from food for so long before singing may be inquired. Cited from Caruso and Tetrazzini on the Art of Singing, by Caruso and Tetrazzini
  • The court may abstain from giving judgment against any accused whose trial is separated.
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Meaning of abstain

  • verb Refrain from voting
  • verb Choose not to consume
    I abstain from alcohol