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[oh-ver-in-duhlj] /ˌoʊ vər ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
verb (used with or without object), overindulged, overindulging.
to indulge to excess:
to overindulge one's fondness for candy.
Origin of overindulge
First recorded in 1735-45; over- + indulge
Related forms
overindulgence, noun
overindulgent, adjective
overindulgently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for over-indulgence
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  • And the selfishness that sometimes cropped out in his character was not viciousness, but the natural outcome of over-indulgence.

    Those Dale Girls Frank Weston Carruth
  • I shall stand between her and the over-indulgence of her parents.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Nevertheless, over-indulgence had not grossened him, he was still good-looking, and there was an air about him that few men had.

    The Red Mouse William Hamilton Osborne
  • over-indulgence in meat is likely to spell trouble for the strongest of us.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • Beer-sodden women were so common a sight that the women who did not bear evidence of over-indulgence were remarkable.

    The Leaven in a Great City Lillian William Betts
  • Gay calls him "joyous Ford," and he was given to over-indulgence in conviviality.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • The King, by over-indulgence, has reduced his intellect below the standard of that of a boy of five years of age.

  • Love for his mother held him from over-indulgence in pastimes.

  • Maurice, who had never been a drinking man, allowed himself to be seduced by the too prevalent habit of over-indulgence.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • There was no evidence of fatigue or loss of sleep, or over-indulgence of any kind.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for over-indulgence


to indulge (in something, esp food or drink) immoderately; binge
(transitive) to yield excessively to the wishes of; spoil
Derived Forms
overindulgence, noun
overindulgent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for over-indulgence

also overindulgence, 1630s, from over- + indulgence. First attested in Donne.



also over-indulge, 1821, from over (adv.) + indulge.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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