Definition of self-gratification in English:



  • The indulgence or satisfaction of one's own desires.

    ‘a culture of instant self-gratification’
    • ‘Hiking fanatics can mix self-gratification with altruism by trekking through the wilderness for charity this weekend.’
    • ‘Too often, Christmas seems to celebrate materialism and self-gratification.’
    • ‘We hear too often about how today's young people are selfish and only interested in instant self-gratification.’
    • ‘The stories were invariably morality tales, where the child hero or heroine was faced with a choice between pursuing self-gratification or helping a person in distress.’
    • ‘He seems to be playing this game for self-gratification instead of a desire to help someone else.’
    • ‘We now value self-gratification more than self-sacrifice and don't want to take on the expense and responsibility children bring.’
    • ‘No longer do we need to fish for basic survival - we do it for enjoyment and self-gratification.’
    • ‘They used and abused their patients for self-gratification.’
    • ‘I've got nothing against self-gratification - provided no-one gets hurt.’
    • ‘A culture that is preoccupied with the self and with self-gratification is a culture that is moving away from civilization and toward chaos.’
    • ‘Marriage and long-term commitment have to mean more than short-term self-gratification, otherwise what separates them from a holiday fling?’
    • ‘Given her brush with death, it's understandable that Christine relishes the self-gratification that accompanies competing.’
    self-gratification, self-indulgence, overindulgence, overconsumption, intemperance, immoderation, immoderateness, dissipation, dissolution, dissoluteness, debauchery, excess, excessiveness, lack of restraint, prodigality, extravagance, decadence, pleasure-seeking, wantonness, lack of self-control
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