A voluntary restraint from indulging. For a long while, Cistercians were particularly good in abstaining from the enjoyment of wine and other pleasures of the flesh in monastic life. Of course they had plenty of beer going round to get zonked.
The book Cleanskin, a Vinous Expose for the Bon Vivant features a funny glossary. I though I share some entries with you on my blog. Amusing or what?