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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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  • Chinese parents are, if anything, over-indulgent to their children.

    The Civilization Of China Herbert A. Giles
  • In fact they are over-indulgent to them, and let them do just what they please when they are small.

    A Missionary Twig

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  • The old man did as parents are apt to do with children to whom they have been over-indulgent.

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  • He had the physique and bearing of a man athletic in his youth but now over-indulgent.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • It had not only been generous to the South, but over-indulgent.

  • The chaplain told us we done too much, we was over-indulgent to the boy.

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  • But the children of undecided, or of over-indulgent parents, never enjoy this preserving aid.

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  • Flatterers have done him much mischief, since he is naturally too prone to be over-indulgent to himself.

  • Such at least is the verdict of Fétis, who was by no means inclined to be over-indulgent in criticising Méhul.

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British Dictionary definitions for over-indulgent


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-indulgent



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

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