[self-in-duhl-juh nt, self-]


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 formsself-in·dul·gence, nounself-in·dul·gent·ly, adverbself-in·dulg·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-indulgence

dissipation, dissolution, intemperance, debauchery, depravity

Examples from the Web for self-indulgence

Contemporary Examples of self-indulgence

Historical Examples of self-indulgence

  • No—self-indulgence, rocks of evil, ugly greeds, places of sin and selfishness.

    The Prodigal Returns

    Lilian Staveley

  • But, all the same, it was a dangerous form of self-indulgence.

    Tales Of Hearsay

    Joseph Conrad

  • To waste a second was to lose an opportunity for self-indulgence.

    'Charge It'

    Irving Bacheller

  • For self-punishment is just as much a submission to the flesh as luxury and self-indulgence.

  • Neither mortifications of the body Nor self-indulgence should be practised.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

British Dictionary definitions for self-indulgence



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

also self indulgence, 1753, from self- + indulgence.



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

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