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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
Historical Examples
  • over-indulgence and drunkenness I have ever loathed and avoided.

  • "The effect of over-indulgence, perhaps," said the colonel, rising.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • I shall stand between her and the over-indulgence of her parents.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • To these people the play is an exception, they are not bored by it from over-indulgence.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • over-indulgence in meat is likely to spell trouble for the strongest of us.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • Gay calls him "joyous Ford," and he was given to over-indulgence in conviviality.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • "I hope this'll be a warning to you against an over-indulgence in family pride," he said.

    Commander Lawless V.C. Rolf Bennett
  • The chief danger in their use lies in their over-indulgence.

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

  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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