verb (used with or without object), o·ver·in·dulged, o·ver·in·dulg·ing.

to indulge to excess: to overindulge one's fondness for candy.

Origin of overindulge

First recorded in 1735–45; over- + indulge
Related formso·ver·in·dul·gence, nouno·ver·in·dul·gent, adjectiveo·ver·in·dul·gent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for over-indulgence

Historical Examples of over-indulgence

  • Over-indulgence and drunkenness I have ever loathed and avoided.

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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for over-indulgence



to indulge (in something, esp food or drink) immoderately; binge
(tr) to yield excessively to the wishes of; spoil
Derived Formsoverindulgence, nounoverindulgent, 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.

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