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Definition of REFRAINING

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Refrain \Re*frain"\ (r[-e]*fr[=a]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Refrained} (-fr[=a]nd"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Refraining}.] [OE. refreinen, OF. refrener, F. refr['e]ner, fr. L. refrenare; influenced by OF. refraindre to restrain, moderate, fr. LL. refrangere, for L. refringere to break up, break (see {Refract}). L. refrenare is fr. pref. re- back + frenum bridle; cf. Skr. dh[.r] to hold.]
     1. To hold back; to restrain; to keep within prescribed bounds; to curb; to govern. [1913 Webster]

              His reason refraineth not his foul delight or talent.                               --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Refrain thy foot from their path.     --Prov. i. 15. [1913 Webster]

     2. To abstain from. [Obs.]
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              Who, requiring a remedy for his gout, received no other counsel than to refrain cold drink. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "refraining": Encratism, Friday, Lenten fare, Pythagoreanism, Pythagorism, Rechabitism, Shakerism, Spartan fare, Stoicism, abstainment, abstemiousness, abstention, abstinence, asceticism, avoidance, avoiding reaction, banyan day, celibacy, chastity, circumvention, continence, defense mechanism, dodge, duck, elusion, elusiveness, equivocation, escape, eschewal, evasion, evasive action, evasiveness, fast, fish day, forbearance, forestalling, forestallment, fruitarianism, getting around, gymnosophy, jink, nephalism, neutrality, nonintervention, noninvolvement, plain living, prevention, refrainment, sexual abstinence, shunning, shunting off, shy, sidestep, sidetracking, simple diet, slip, spare diet, teetotalism, the pledge, the runaround, total abstinence, vegetarianism, zigzag


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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