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abstainment

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

abstain +‎ -ment

NounEdit

abstainment (plural abstainments)

  1. (rare) An act of abstaining; an abstention.
    • 1871, Edward Nichols Dennys, The alpha, or First principle of the human mind[1], page 227:
      Criminality consists in the Intention; and the mere abstainment therefrom, through motives of hope or fear, is not Innocence; but Prudence []
    • 1917, Edna Ferber, Fanny herself[2]:
      It is the custom in the household of Atonement Day fasters of the old school to begin the evening meal, after the twenty-four hours of abstainment, with coffee and freshly baked coffee cake of every variety.