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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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  • Because you really can't be self-indulgent in grizzly country.
  • The singers were encouraged to ornament their parts, although they did nothing self-indulgent.
  • He thought they were both being self-indulgent with their little power struggle.
  • Dropping everything to spend years thinking about cosmology could be called self-indulgent.
  • And yet a concern for architecture and design is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent.
  • The film was too self-indulgent to actually entertain.
  • It is so rarely self-indulgent that it's clarifying.
  • It's seductive and exciting, self-indulgent and impractical, fresh and evocative-a high-powered augmentation of animal spirits.
  • Until the free-agency circus, or the self-indulgent tour, as some have called it.
  • High school is a time when you're so incredibly self-indulgent.
British Dictionary definitions for self-indulgent


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-indulgent

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

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