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Someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline.  Synonym: ascetic.
A person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages.  Synonyms: abstinent, nondrinker.

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"Abstainer" Quotes from Famous Books

... of the tough about him, however. His language was careful and exact. I never heard him utter an oath or tell a risque story. He passed quite fifteen years in Washington, a total abstainer from the use of intoxicants. He fell into the occasional-drink habit during the dark days of the War. But after some costly experience he dropped it and continued a total abstainer to ...
— Marse Henry, Complete - An Autobiography • Henry Watterson

... presence of naked men, and would never go to a public swimming bath for that reason. I regard myself as a man of abnormally strong, but, on the whole, healthy and wholesome, sexual feelings. As a rule, I have coitus twice or oftener in one week and I practise withdrawal. I am a total abstainer, and never could embrace a woman who ...
— Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6) • Havelock Ellis

... "good-bye," among them many children in whom he had as usual taken an interest. One of these, whom he introduced as his "pet lamb" to the wife of the captain of the ship, brought him a couple of bottles of sherry, and other friends gave him a case of champagne. As he was almost a total abstainer and frequently did not touch stimulants for days together, he had no use for the wine, but he accepted the gifts in order ...
— General Gordon - A Christian Hero • Seton Churchill

... his own conduct was assumed to imply a desire to be relieved from the command of his corps. [Footnote: Id., pp. 188, 189, 197.] But the court was not assembled till the next winter. McDowell had been maligned almost as unscrupulously as Pope. A total abstainer from intoxicating drinks, he was persistently described as a drunkard, drunken upon the field of battle. One of the most loyal and self-forgetting of subordinates, he was treated as if a persistent intriguer for command. A brave and competent soldier, he was believed to be worthless and ...
— Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1 • Jacob Dolson Cox

... superseded Thou shalt not. To make our morality centre on forbidden acts is to defile the imagination and to introduce into our judgments of our fellow-men a secret element of gusto. . . . In order that a man may be kind and honest it may be needful that he should become a total abstainer: let him become so then, and the next day let him forget the circumstance. Trying to be kind and honest will require all his thoughts." Yet how many times a day will we say 'don't' to our children for once that we say 'do'? But here I seem to be within reasonable ...
— From a Cornish Window - A New Edition • Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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