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[self-in-duhl-juh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪnˈdʌl dʒənt, ˌsɛlf-/
indulging one's own desires, passions, whims, etc., especially without restraint.
characterized by such indulgence.
Origin of self-indulgent
Related forms
self-indulgence, noun
self-indulgently, adverb
self-indulger, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self-indulgence
  • In some ways, risk-taking is the ultimate act of self-indulgence, an obscene insult to the preciousness of life.
  • self-indulgence is robbing future generations of many resources.
  • For a country in the throes of an economic crisis, a national holiday to listen to the bouzouki smacks of self-indulgence.
  • People seem incapable of avoiding the self-indulgence of over-eating.
  • So they choose self-indulgence instead of self-denial and self-esteem instead of self-questioning.
  • They are permitted to remain in this woeful state of ignorance and self-indulgence by their professorial blinders.
  • We live in a hyper-violent culture that glorifies guns and shooting and self-indulgence and emotional over rational responses.
  • There is no more egregious example of a fashion designer's self-indulgence than a runway show that opens with a tribute video.
  • But there is nothing but excess, self-indulgence and bathos.
  • Writing about oneself is by definition a self-indulgence.
British Dictionary definitions for self-indulgence


tending to indulge one's own desires, etc
Derived Forms
self-indulgence, noun
self-indulgently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-indulgence

also self indulgence, 1753, from self- + indulgence.



also self indulgent, 1791, from self- + indulgent. Related: Self-indulgently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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