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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Related Words for overindulgence

depravity, satiation, satiety, orgy, excess, dissipation, intemperance, gluttony

Examples from the Web for overindulgence

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Historical Examples of overindulgence

  • 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
(tr) to yield excessively to the wishes of; spoil
Derived Formsoverindulgence, nounoverindulgent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for overindulgence



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

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