Abstain in a sentence

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Definition of Abstain

  • To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.
  • To hinder; to withhold.
  • choose not to consume
  • refrain from voting

How to use abstain in a sentence. Abstain pronunciation.

I sometimes vowed whilst upon my knees in prayer, to abstain from it and never touch it again, but I always attempted to do this in my own strength; hence I failed, being overcome by the almost irresistible influences it had upon my appetite, so long accustomed to the use.
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To abstain from speaking is regarded as very difficult.
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We cannot abstain like him, for he fasts from Lord's day to Lord's day, and gives away his food." . . .
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Now his promise was this, that he would henceforth to the end abstain from animal food.
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There exists today a tribe which refrains and abstains from tobacco, alcohol and opium and it completely excels all others in power, in bravery, in health, beauty and grace.
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She was careful to abstain from looking in Katharine's direction.
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It was a difficult matter to put into words; poetry would have done it better justice, but he must abstain from poetry.
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To say there is a God, without knowing what he is; to believe the words of a man, without understanding his language; to go into the desert to pray to God, who is everywhere; to wash the hands with water, and not abstain from blood; to fast all day, and eat all night; to give alms of their own goods, and to plunder those of others; such are the means of perfection instituted by Mahomet-such are the symbols of his followers; and whoever does not bear them is a reprobate, stricken with anathema, and devoted to the sword.
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By abstaining from these indulgences I can, moreover, help others to abstain, and thereby increase their strength and happiness.
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He was not forbidden to eat poison berries, nor was he merely required to abstain from the wine and strong drink which might easily become a snare; fresh grapes and dried raisins were equally prohibited.
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I only and Barnabas, have we not a right to abstain from labor?
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A man in good health, if he cannot have a woman, must necessarily have recourse to onanism, whenever imperious nature demands it, and the man who, from fear of polluting his soul, would abstain from it, would only draw upon himself a mortal disease.
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I found that Yusuf had indeed spoken truly: his proposal was of such importance that it was my duty, not only not to mention it to anyone, but even to abstain from thinking it over, until my mind had recovered its calm sufficiently to give me the assurance that no external consideration would weigh in the balance and influence my decision.
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Amos likewise abstains from mentioning any name of the enemies.
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He does not entirely reject her; but, in order that she may come to recovery and repentance, he puts her into a position where she must abstain from her lovers.
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As the wife does not enter into any relation with that man, so the prophet also abstains from any nearer intercourse with her.
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It is just for this reason that he abstains from graphically enlarging, because that would have been an obstacle to his purpose.
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Short biographical [Pg 526] and explanatory notices will be prefixed to each translation; and in every case where there is variety of opinion, the writer will abstain from expressing his own sentiments, and confine himself simply to an impartial statement of the opinions of the most noteworthy critics on the point.
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No visitor of that beautiful land can fail to have a strong conviction on the subject; but as I chose when residing there, a Foreigner, to abstain from the discussion of any such questions with any order of Italians, so I would rather not enter on the inquiry now.
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For this reason, I should abstain from mentioning the curious clock in Lyons Cathedral, if it were not for a small mistake I made, in connection with that piece of mechanism.
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Examples of Abstain

Example #1
I was sure to take to it again.
Example #2
At the age of twelve years I commenced to use tobacco, and continued to use it, both smoking and chewing, till five years ago, when in answer to prayer the appetite was instantly removed.
Example #3
A clown, whatever he may do, will never pass for a gentleman.
Example #4
The son who delights his father by his good actions; the wife who seeks only her husband’s good; the friend who is the same in prosperity and adversity—these three things are the reward of virtue.
Example #5
Then the abbot, going out, found as was told him, and said, "Son, what is it which the brethren tell of thee?
Example #6
But one day, some of the brethren going out, found him giving his food to the poor; and when they returned, said to the abbot, "Whence hast thou brought us that man?