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[oh-ver-in-duhlj] /ˌoʊ vər ɪnˈdʌldʒ/
verb (used with or without object), overindulged, overindulging.
to indulge to excess:
to overindulge one's fondness for candy.
Origin of overindulge
1735-45; over- + indulge
Related forms
overindulgence, noun
overindulgent, adjective
overindulgently, adverb Unabridged
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  • It makes me quite miserable to see how you waste your money in the gaming houses, and ruin your health by overindulgence in wine.

  • But meanwhile his will, too, has suffered from overindulgence.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • The danger is in overindulgence and indigestion resulting in spiritual invalidism.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty Charles A. Murdock
  • Second, those who by overindulgence in marital relations, or by dissipation with women, have ruined their forces.

  • All know the delirium produced by overindulgence in liquor, and the hallucinations that accompany fever.

    Mind and Body William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for overindulgence


to indulge (in something, esp food or drink) immoderately; binge
(transitive) to yield excessively to the wishes of; spoil
Derived Forms
overindulgence, noun
overindulgent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for overindulgence



also over-indulge, 1821, from over (adv.) + indulge.

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