Usage examples for abstention

  1. In some halls my piano has sounded as if I had planted my feet on the pedal for good and ever; in such cases I practised the greatest abstention from pedalling. – Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann
  2. His abstention from spirits was telling on him terribly. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  3. To detach oneself, not from life, but from the scum and foam of life; to realise that the secret lay in the middle of it all, and that it was to be discerned not by fastidious abstention, not by a chilly asceticism, but by welcoming all nobler impulses, all spiritual influences; not by starving body or mind, but by selecting one's food carefully and temperately. – Beside Still Waters by Arthur Christopher Benson