Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REFRAINING

Augustin explained, refraining with difficulty from a dance of rage.

He himself had had some difficulty in breathing, and refraining with an effort from coughing.

If he is innocent you are doing him no service by refraining from helping us.

"He has been unfortunate," replied Nellie, refraining from an expression of her own feelings.

This also involves the power of restraint, the act or the refraining from action.

Let him taste it once, and his power of refraining was gone.

"The reward of abstinence" is a reward for refraining from consuming one's own wealth.

Many times she allowed the dark to fall upon them, refraining from lighting the lamp.

Be actuated by no charitable considerations in refraining to write.

She was afflicted by his refraining from reproaches in his sunken state.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., from Old French refraigner "restrain, repress, keep in check" (12c., Modern French Réfréner), from Latin refrenare "to bridle, hold in with a bit, check, curb, keep down, control," from re- "back" (see re-) + frenare "restrain, furnish with a bridle," from frenum "a bridle." Related: Refrained; refraining.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR REFRAINING

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.