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Synonyms for fasting

abstaining from food

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The coadjutor has given me dispensations from fasting on the jours maigres, on account of my health; then I have engaged as my cook the cook who lived with Lafollone -- you know the man I mean?
Henly that, in consequence of his family's dining out, and his own engagements, he was fasting, and begged her charity for a meal.
Dinah took care not to betray that she had had her tea, and accepted Lisbeth's invitation very readily, for the sake of persuading the old woman herself to take the food and drink she so much needed after a day of hard work and fasting.
At a somewhat late hour I returned to my lodgings: having temporarily forgotten that man had any such coarse cares as those of eating and drinking, I went to bed fasting.
Despite the doctor's orders that she should not go out early in the morning, Natasha insisted on fasting and preparing for the sacrament, not as they generally prepared for it in the Rostov family by attending three services in their own house, but as Agrafena Ivanovna did, by going to church every day for a week and not once missing Vespers, Matins, or Mass.
I am sorry, madam," cries he, "that your ladyship can't eat; for to be sure you must be hungry after so long fasting.
FASTING HAD A GREATER EFFECT ON ME IN MY CHILDHOOD than something as significant as trans-sub-stan-ti-a-tion.
Fasting made a kind of demand on me that few other things ever did.
Most religions that involve fasting - whether Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism or Christianity - have built-in safeguards to help people cope with hunger and thirst and minimize damage to health, says Dr.
Fasting serves as a means to both concrete and symbolic purification.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden.