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ABSTEMII, a name formerly given to such persons as could not partake of the cup of the Eucharist on account of their aver sion to wine (Lat. abs, "away from"; temetum, "intoxicants"). In modern times many total abstainers, holding that the use of intoxi cants is to be condemned absolutely, communicate in the unfer mented "juice of the grape," sometimes also alleging that the wine used by Christ and his disciples at the Last Supper was un fermented.