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[gluht-n-ee] /ˈglʌt n i/
excessive eating and drinking.
Origin of gluttony
1175-1225; Middle English glotonie, glutonie < Old French glotonie; see glutton1, -y3
gormandizing, intemperance, voracity. Unabridged
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  • They were much given to gluttony and drinking; and there was an unthinkable amount of scandal and backbiting and jealousy.

    Samuel the Seeker Upton Sinclair
  • Nevertheless, the chevalier frowned, rather from pride than gluttony.

  • gluttony, it has been written—and with wisdom—deserves nothing but praise and encouragement.

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Mental culture is not fostered by gluttony, but gluttony is indulged in at the expense of mental culture.

    No Animal Food Rupert H. Wheldon
  • How many do gluttony and sloth tumble into an untimely grave!

  • It will be less embarrassing if there is no witness of my gluttony.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
British Dictionary definitions for gluttony


the act or practice of eating to excess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gluttony

c.1200, glutunie, from Old French glutonie, from gluton "glutton" (see glutton). Gluttonry recorded from late 12c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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