glut·​tony | \ ˈglət-nē How to pronounce gluttony (audio) , ˈglə-tə-nē\
plural gluttonies

Definition of gluttony

1 : excess in eating or drinking
2 : greedy or excessive indulgence accused the nation of energy gluttony

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Synonyms & Antonyms for gluttony


gluttonousness, overeating



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Examples of gluttony in a Sentence

the view that gluttony is a serious failure in self-discipline

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Though a host of sins can be credited with Las Vegas earning its nickname, gluttony might not be the first that comes to mind. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best Las Vegas buffets: 22 all-you-can-eat restaurants on the Strip," 7 June 2019 But the art which resists the slow sap of a chronic disease—which repairs frames enervated by lust, swollen by gluttony, or inflamed by wine . . Chris Pope, WSJ, "‘More Than Medicine’ Review: An Ounce of Prevention," 17 Mar. 2019 The human brain is also unique in its unsurpassed gluttony. Quanta Magazine, "How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains," 10 Nov. 2015 The Thanksgiving to New Year’s grind is an unparalleled season of gluttony for most of us; by January of the New Year, streaming the best romantic comedies on Netflix and others becomes imperative as a method of self-care and post-party rehab. Vogue, "13 Perfect Rom-Coms to Help With Your Holiday Hangover Right Now," 1 Jan. 2019 Apart from the gluttony of my French jaunt, the other reason for my return was an unfortunate incident at a Bruno Mars concert: I was stampeded by a group of overzealous fans and broke my wrist and back. Irena Medavoy, Town & Country, "How to Detox Like a Hollywood Power Player," 5 Nov. 2018 Philosophers and theologians for millennia have tied food to moral values, identifying temperance as a virtue and gluttony as a sin. Maria Devlin Mcnair,, "Is your diet a cult?," 7 Apr. 2018 Yet fatness was also moralized, associated with the sin of gluttony. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When plump was a pleasing word," 12 Apr. 2018 La Cabane d’à côté Montreal celebrity chef Martin Picard of Au Pied de Cochon gourmet gluttony fame has opened his second sugar shack venture only 40 minutes outside Montreal. Elizabeth Warkentin,, "Quaint sugaring experiences in Quebec," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gluttony

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gluttony

see glutton

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English Language Learners Definition of gluttony

: the act or habit of eating or drinking too much


glut·​tony | \ ˈglə-tə-nē How to pronounce gluttony (audio) \
plural gluttonies

Kids Definition of gluttony

: the act or habit of eating or drinking too much

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