Definition of overindulgence in English:



  • 1The action or fact of having too much of something enjoyable.

    ‘her alleged overindulgence in alcohol’
    • ‘His death was hastened by overindulgence in alcohol.’
    • ‘Yes, limit consumption as much as possible, perhaps using drink tokens to help control over-indulgence.’
    • ‘But this late-night host puts the breaks on overindulgence by employing a serious drug-free advocacy approach.’
    • ‘Creating a list and sticking to it will also help to prevent overindulgence.’
    • ‘It doesn't work if your pot belly is the result of over-indulgence.’
    • ‘The measure was created to curb overindulgence by young drinkers.’
    • ‘It's the time of year when people collect toys, ignore budgets and set new standards for overindulgence.’
    • ‘Ordinary people, too, began increasingly to suffer from the effects of overindulgence, and there was concern about the rate of heart disease.’
    • ‘Driving an SUV when it really is not necessary is an example of overindulgence in the United States.’
    • ‘We were on a fuzzy cloud of overexcitement and over-indulgence.’
    • ‘In fact, there was so much of it I rode the train home feeling thoroughly sick from overindulgence.’
    • ‘Others might claim to be intolerant to red wine, when in fact their body might just be recovering from past over-indulgence.’
    • ‘We got lots of new bits for the kitchen and my overindulgence hasn't been too great which is somewhat surprising.’
    • ‘PC Kevin Hemsworth said police believed an over-indulgence of alcohol was probably to blame.’
    • ‘Christmas is a time of over-indulgence, so I like to serve light, refreshing, fruity wines.’
    • ‘I have a fair number of broken capillaries due both to long unprotected exposure to tropical sun and years of overindulgence in the drink.’
    • ‘As with any other vice (drinking, drugs, nail-biting) over-indulgence has its consequences.’
    • ‘All the other nights I fell over was down to pure and shameless over-indulgence.’
    • ‘The biggest problem with overindulgence in chocolate is weight gain.’
    • ‘I personally know that my body doesn't like overindulgence too much.’
    intemperance, immoderation, excess, overeating, overdrinking, overconsumption, prodigality, lack of restraint, gorging, surfeit, debauch, debauchery, dissipation, dissoluteness, greed, gluttony, orgy
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  • 2Excessive gratification of a person's wishes.

    ‘his overindulgence of her whims’
    • ‘The Government will publish a new alcohol strategy on Monday aimed at altering Britain's attitude to drink and the growing culture of over-indulgence.’
    • ‘A poem on the subject warns that obsessive over-indulgence is one of the deadliest of sins.’
    • ‘The decomposed body of King Midas, lying in state in his coffin, might be viewed as the just reward for his over-indulgence.’
    • ‘That sort of insight makes the film's occasional overindulgence forgivable.’
    • ‘The section on overindulgence captures the well-known observation of drunken robins that have ingested too much overripe (fermenting) fruit.’
    • ‘And the greed and overindulgence were on both sides, a fact that must never be overlooked.’
    • ‘According to Webster's, to spoil is "to impair the disposition or character by overindulgence or excessive praise; pamper excessively: coddle."’
    • ‘I dedicated my mornings to working on my laptop and my afternoons to exercise, counterbalancing whatever overindulgence I had planned for after sunset.’
    • ‘The disaster occurred at a time of year when we have just wallowed in a shameful orgy of over-indulgence and conspicuous consumption.’
    • ‘My one fault is the overindulgence of a bleak perspective.’
    • ‘Lets look at some way to sort out this over-indulgence - at least in young people.’
    • ‘Passing remarks in Flashes also highlighted what might be seen as another aspect of the dangers of over-indulgence in sport.’
    • ‘Overindulgence has brought down everybody from Napoleon to Carnie Wilson.’
    • ‘You can abandon yourself to pleasure but need to keep an eye on over-indulgence.’
    • ‘About halfway through the film, we all heard the awful sounds of his overindulgence coming back up the pipe.’
    • ‘Counseling is highly recommended as a way to focus on the underlying problems rather than simply treating the symptoms of overindulgence.’
    • ‘A great assembly is as soon spoiled by over-indulgence as a little child.’
    • ‘The truth is, in the context of St Tropez, food is overshadowed by other varieties of over-indulgence.’
    • ‘An examination of the dynamics operating might reveal parents who have thwarted normal growth through pampering and over-indulgence.’
    • ‘Instead, it turns out that even limited stints of overindulgence may have long-term effects.’