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Eat good food, especially to excess.
- ‘But still, you're not here to hobnob and gourmandise, you're here for that intense spiritual experience.’
- ‘Don't gourmandize, and don't drink to excess.’
- ‘Fat and homely, he womanizes and gourmandizes and pulls tablecloths out from under dishes.’
- ‘They were also, according to witnesses, gourmandizing on the food stuffs kept by the clergy.’
- ‘But when Neptune is afflicted in Taurus it gives a sensuous and passionate nature and a strong tendency to gourmandize which in time is bound to bring trouble and sorrow in its wake.’
The appreciation or consumption of good food.
- ‘His interest in gourmandise caused him to taste its flesh, which he found delicious and certainly better than most of our chickens.’
- ‘Napoleon's love of gourmandise was nurtured young on his native island.’
- ‘I guess my gourmandise runs deep.’
Late Middle English (as a noun): from French gourmandise, from gourmand; the verb dates from the mid 16th century.
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