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[self-in-duhl-juh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪnˈdʌl dʒənt, ˌsɛlf-/
indulging one's own desires, passions, whims, etc., especially without restraint.
characterized by such indulgence.
Origin of self-indulgent
First recorded in 1785-95
Related forms
self-indulgence, noun
self-indulgently, adverb
self-indulger, noun Unabridged
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  • self-indulgent as she was and moreover an inveterate gambler, she grew richer every year.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • I know her better than you do; she is a good girl, but rather luxurious and self-indulgent.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • It is in the wealthy, the luxurious, the self-indulgent class that they are found.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • We were becoming selfish, self-indulgent, sybaritic rapidly.

  • I trust I am not a voluptuary or self-indulgent in any way, but I too would dislike to be excessively hungry.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for self-indulgent


tending to indulge one's own desires, etc
Derived Forms
self-indulgence, noun
self-indulgently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-indulgent

also self indulgent, 1791, from self- + indulgent. Related: Self-indulgently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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