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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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  • But meanwhile his will, too, has suffered from overindulgence.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • As danger lies in overindulgence, this point cannot be too strongly emphasized.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • Indiscriminate indulgence is to be condemned, as is overindulgence in exercise or eating.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The danger is in overindulgence and indigestion resulting in spiritual invalidism.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

    Charles A. Murdock
  • They all had to go, even little Stanislovas, who was ill from overindulgence in sausages and sarsaparilla.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for overindulgence


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 overindulgence



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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