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abstinence:

see fastingfasting,
partial or temporary abstinence from food, a widely used form of asceticism. Among the stricter Jews the principal fast is the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur; in Islam the faithful fast all the daytime hours of the month of Ramadan. Fasting is general in Christianity.
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; temperance movementstemperance movements,
organized efforts to induce people to abstain—partially or completely—from alcoholic beverages. Such movements occurred in ancient times, but ceased until the wide use of distilled liquors in the modern period resulted in increasing drunkenness.
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abstinence

Chiefly RC Church the practice of refraining from specific kinds of food or drink, esp from meat, as an act of penance
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But I have heard that, with some persons, temperance - that is, moderation - is almost impossible; and if abstinence be an evil
And he went without shrinking through his abstinence from drugs, much sustained by application of the thermometer which implied the importance of his temperature, by the sense that he furnished objects for the microscope, and by learning many new words which seemed suited to the dignity of his secretions.
Pumblechook, sighing and nodding his head several times, as if he might have expected that, and as if abstinence from watercresses were consistent with my downfall.
Having dispelled the cold, he turned eagerly to the smoking mess which was placed before him, and ate with a haste and an apparent relish, that seemed to betoken long abstinence from food.
In a word," said Mercedes, "it was a way of assuring me that his abstinence was intended.
He certainly wished her to go willingly, but he as certainly wished her to be heartily sick of home before her visit ended; and that a little abstinence from the elegancies and luxuries of Mansfield Park would bring her mind into a sober state, and incline her to a juster estimate of the value of that home of greater permanence, and equal comfort, of which she had the offer.
This is Saturday, monsieur -- it is a day of abstinence.
So it was, as the laying season began, and when both Bashti and Agno were acutely egg-yearning after six months of abstinence, that Agno led Jerry along the taboo path through the mangroves, where they stepped from root to root above the muck that ever steamed and stank in the stagnant air where the wind never penetrated.
President Donald Trump appointed Valerie Huber, a national abstinence education advocate as the chief of staff in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, reports said Wednesday.
Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, successfully pushed an amendment to move $3 million from HIV and STD prevention programs to pay for abstinence education.
Melbourne June 22( ANI ): Christian schools in Australia, which came up with a pamphlet titled '101 things to do instead of doing it' recently, has defended its move of preaching abstinence.
Two other programs also announced their grantees, the Competitive Abstinence Education (CAE) Grant program and the Title V Abstinence-Only program.