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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Examples of gluttony in a Sentence

the view that gluttony is a serious failure in self-discipline
Recent Examples on the Web Plus, the setup is fabulously decadent and, in a city based on temptation, a perfect display of gluttony. T.m. Shine, Washington Post, 29 June 2021 Riffs on gluttony, pride and sloth would have wide windows in a disused space two blocks away. New York Times, 23 June 2021 Lack of transparency about fees (gluttony – sort of). John Jennings, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Everyone has their own personal Little Donkey — a place to let loose, maybe overdo it a little bit, and enjoy a sense of gluttony., 20 May 2021 Broderick One was famous for its leaders’ heroic feats of gluttony. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2021 The Judeo-Christian scriptures warn us to avoid gluttony and sloth. Mark Antonio Wright, National Review, 17 Apr. 2021 Vegas is typical of civilizational rot, a city unsustainable in its gluttony. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2021 The tailgate party has become a veritable national institution of eating and drinking, almost a sport in itself, as fans revel in their pregame exuberance and gluttony. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of gluttony was in the 13th century

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glutton/sucker for punishment



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“Gluttony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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