Definition of gluttony in English:



  • Habitual greed or excess in eating.

    • ‘For example, if we wish to overcome the negative impact of emotions such as gluttony and greed, we have to understand how these emotions arise in our minds.’
    • ‘Food porn is much less common than it was two years ago - I think this is due to the recent stratospheric rise in property prices in the UK, such that greed has overtaken gluttony in the public's interests.’
    • ‘But when you think about it, greed, gluttony, pride and vanity aren't deadly sins.’
    • ‘That's when people went from a very traditional, classical, conservative idea of socialized behavior to a period of gluttony, self-indulgence, and destructive behavior.’
    • ‘Like the bladder blown up to the bursting point, this peasant feast shows a dangerous act of excess - gluttony on the threshold of disaster.’
    • ‘Inuit did have the concept of gluttony, but an Inuit glutton was instead marked by the tendency to withhold food from others.’
    • ‘No animal should suffer or die for human arrogance, greed, vanity or gluttony.’
    • ‘Just like the ancient seven deadly sins - pride, anger, envy, greed, gluttony, lust and sloth - the memory sins occur frequently in everyday life and can have serious consequences for all of us.’
    • ‘Disease was often thought to be due to moral failings, and specifically, excesses: too much anger, jealousy, gluttony, or sex, either in an individual, or in the population.’
    • ‘If greed is understood as desire, it effectively encompasses all the other sins; pride is merely greed for recognition; gluttony, greed for more food; lust, greed for more sex.’
    • ‘Here is just some of the mind-boggling gluttony and material excess that will take place tomorrow.’
    • ‘Greed and gluttony are starting to establish themselves, lust is already full blown.’
    • ‘Important lessons on morality, such as the problems of greed, gluttony and awareness of the environment are all presented, but in a subtle manner.’
    • ‘Dietary temperance, or moderation, was a way to health, but it was also a virtue, just as gluttony was a vice.’
    • ‘That scene is a remarkable illustration of his society's greed and gluttony.’
    • ‘Truly, we can not free ourselves of our compulsion to do what is wrong, especially when inherently selfish motives are involved, like greed, gluttony, and lust.’
    • ‘The proper response to the globalization of greed and gluttony, and to the rise of violence in this world, is solidarity, which must manifest itself in practical actions, not just rhetorical flourishes.’
    • ‘He still evokes a spirit of the truly American virtue of gluttony, continuing to tip the scales at nearly 400 pounds, but the sports world has passed him by.’
    • ‘Some of those who specialize in the study of gluttony also seem to suffer from another deadly sin: greed.’
    • ‘Annie's self-imposed starvation and Kelly's gluttony are quests for independence and signs of an oddly admirable discipline as much as they are psychological problems.’
    greed, greediness, overeating, overconsumption, binge eating, gourmandism, gourmandizing, gluttonousness, voraciousness, voracity, wolfishness, insatiability
    piggishness, hoggishness, gutsiness
    polyphagia, hyperphagia
    edaciousness, edacity, gulosity, esurience
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Middle English: from Old French glutonie, from gluton glutton.