over·​in·​dul·​gence ˌō-vər-in-ˈdəl-jən(t)s How to pronounce overindulgence (audio)
plural overindulgences
: excessive indulgence
In spite of his wisdom, he could not find fault with her for her overindulgence of the children …George Eliot
especially : excessive consumption of food, drink, etc.
Infrequent and brief episodes of atrial fibrillation can be triggered by overindulgence in alcohol, caffeine and food. Fred Cicetti

Examples of overindulgence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is not a love story undone by overindulgence but one that hinges on it at the expense of developing a deeper logic. Naveen Kumar, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 The food has to interest palates jaded by overindulgence and yet be comforting, too. Nigella Lawson, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2023 Brie Larson’s Easy Everyday Beauty Routine Here Wilkins shares some of her favorite remedies for managing overindulgence and boosting digestion during the holidays, as well as a recipe for bitters that are perfect to take following a heavy meal—and make a great gift. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2023 Youthful excess had long degenerated into sad overindulgence. Jeff Weiss, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 There is such a thing as too much work about mass consumption, and this latest show tips into overindulgence. Kriston Capps, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 You are not obligated to go broke paying for your friends’ overindulgence. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 8 July 2023 Finally, the Moon contrasts with expansive Jupiter at 1:38 pm EDT, amplifying our generosity and relaxation -- but also heightening any of our tendencies toward overindulgence. Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2023 If your face is looking a bit fuller than usual after overindulgence in food and drinks, these de-bloating tips can help. Jazmine Polk, Health, 4 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overindulgence was in 1749

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“Overindulgence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overindulgence. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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