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teetotal

Syllabification: tee·to·tal
Pronunciation: /ˈtēˌtōdl
 
/

Definition of teetotal in English:

adjective

Choosing or characterized by abstinence from alcohol: a teetotal lifestyle
More example sentences
  • In the West Midlands, 78% were willing to stop drinking, reduce their alcohol intake or were teetotal already compared to 66% in the capital.
  • And I hadn't fully realised how odd I'd feel, an omnivore who likes a drink dropped into a city populated largely by teetotal vegetarians.
  • The alcohol ban is a strain on my mum, she likes a bit of a drink, but my dad's teetotal.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 19th century: emphatic extension of total, apparently first used by Richard Turner, a worker from Preston, England, in a speech (1833) urging total abstinence from all alcohol, rather than mere abstinence from spirits, advocated by some early temperance reformers.

More
  • The first part of teetotal has nothing to do with tea, but is actually a way of emphasizing total, by reproducing its first letter. It was apparently first used by Richard Turner, a member of the temperance movement from Preston, in a speech made in 1833. Early temperance reformers had limited themselves to suggesting abstinence from spirits, but this was an appeal to them to avoid all alcohol.

Derivatives

teetotalism

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • One reason for the multiplicity of groups was a difference of opinion which soon emerged between the advocates of moderation in drinking and those who demanded total abstinence - or teetotalism.
  • With the growth of the movement came a more radical agenda of teetotalism and a concerted campaign to end the state's liquor licensing system through local option legislation and eventually state prohibition in the 1850s.
  • Personally, as I grow older, I tend more toward my mother's teetotalism and away from my father's moderate drinking.

Words that rhyme with teetotal

anecdotal, sacerdotal, total

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