Definition of self-indulgent in English:



  • 1Characterized by doing or tending to do exactly what one wants, especially when this involves pleasure or idleness.

    ‘a self-indulgent extra hour of sleep’
    • ‘Should I be congratulated for being a self-indulgent hedonist?’
    • ‘This norm encourages people to add a lot of extraneous self-indulgent stuff because they see the guests as a captive audience.’
    • ‘It seems a trifle self-indulgent to enjoy such esoteric pleasure in the midst of so much want.’
    • ‘As for extras, the self-indulgent dynamic just keeps on chugging along.’
    • ‘What a message to us, with our extravagant, self-indulgent, hedonistic Western lifestyles.’
    • ‘Possibly, this sympathy could appear somewhat self-indulgent, or over-dramatic, if not actually absurdly histrionic.’
    • ‘Hedonistic, self-indulgent, voluptuous societies succumb to their enemies and go under.’
    • ‘From feminist separatists to hippy dropouts and self-indulgent hedonists, the movement soon fragmented.’
    • ‘Americans are no more self-indulgent in their purchases of health care than they are in their purchases of appliances or cars.’
    • ‘Citizens of rich countries may be self-centred and self-indulgent, but things are not quite as horrible as some would have us believe.’
    • ‘What a self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-indulgent, bratty generation of adults we have become.’
    • ‘This brings support to the idea that the consumption patterns of French-Canadians are more hedonistic and self-indulgent.’
    • ‘The music sounds like it was an afterthought, and the singer's dead-sober seriousness is self-indulgent and boring.’
    • ‘Celebrity worship may be simple-minded, self-indulgent and craven, but heads of state should not expect to get off so lightly.’
    • ‘Sensual and self-indulgent, they will pursue their pleasures as ardently and lustfully as they pursue their professional endeavors.’
    • ‘Extravagant, self-indulgent and impulsive, the teenage King led a very glamorous, lavish lifestyle.’
    • ‘You are self-indulgent, and frequently too indulgent of others, as well.’
    • ‘It felt self-indulgent and a bit embarrassing.’
    • ‘Predictably, the Australian news media has indulged in a frenzy of self-indulgent commentary on the issue.’
    pleasure-seeking, hedonistic, sybaritic, indulgent, luxurious, lotus-eating, epicurean
    unrestrained, intemperate, immoderate, overindulgent, excessive, extravagant, fast-living, licentious, sensual, voluptuous, dissipated, dissolute, decadent
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    1. 1.1(of a creative work) lacking economy and control.
      • ‘As much as I had hoped for a great farewell, their hour-and-a-half turned into an hour and a half of self-indulgent rock.’
      • ‘The end result is a body of pretty-looking, but increasingly empty and self-indulgent work.’
      • ‘The new work is far more prolix, diffuse, and ultimately self-indulgent.’
      • ‘His best work, though, is self-indulgent, redundant, and exasperating, and therein lay its charms.’
      • ‘It was an interesting, if self-indulgent speech.’
      • ‘The camera work is eye-poppingly opulent, but feels more self-indulgent than clever.’



/ˈˌself ənˈdəljənt/