• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-indulgence excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence "the intemperance of their language"
    • n self-indulgence an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-indulgence Indulgence of one's appetites, desires, or inclinations; -- the opposite of self-restraint, and self-denial.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-indulgence The habit of undue gratification of one's own passions, desires, or tastes, with little or no thought of the cost to others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-indulgence undue gratification of one's appetites or desires
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  • Gena Rowland
    Gena Rowland
    “You just can't complain about being alive. It's self-indulgent to be unhappy. [When asked how she has coped since husband's death.]”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “There are limits to self-indulgence, none to restraint.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

Although he was an extremely capable doctor his main business in life seemed to be self-indulgence.
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
Naturally, he fell into many of the self-indulgent and troublesome ways of the valetudinarian.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
So I indulged more and more in a deeply sentimental self-pity, and felt a growing satisfaction in the consciousness that I was enduring martyrdom.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
The life of refined self-indulgence in the one class was caricatured by loathsome self-indulgence in the other.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
But I didn't know that you regarded my work as self-indulgence altogether.
"The Story of a Play" by W. D. Howells
Speedily he relapsed again into slothfulness and self-indulgence.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
Roger no doubt had been a lazy, self-indulgent beggar.
"Marriage à la mode" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The explanation is that they had been an oligarchy, not of power or duty, but of self-indulgence.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
I'm a self-indulgent, pining, and whining boy, thinking of nothing but myself, and not knowing whether I've done right or wrong.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
I was allowed to ask for everything I liked at the table, no restriction being put upon my self-indulgence.
"Working in the Shade" by Theodore P Wilson

In poetry:

No self-indulgence walks my stage;
My frenzies make divine:
My banqueter is saint and sage,
A eucharist my wine:
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
No bounty of indulgent Heaven
The vague desire can stay;
Self-love is still a Tartar mill
For grinding prayers alway.
"The Common Question" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Better than self-indulgent years
The outflung heart of youth,
Than pleasant songs in idle ears
The tumult of the truth.
"My Birthday" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Scattered, paranoid, self-indulgent, obnoxious: that was Public Enemy, too.
Self-indulgent rockers continue snooze streak.
If it weren't played so very straight, this jaw-dropping thriller might pass for an accurate satire of Hollywood self-indulgence.
The label suggests self-indulgence, and the modest, soft-speaking fellow from Little Rock, Ark.
Almost an hour of self-indulgent psychedelics, it's nearly impossible to watch.
If there is ever a day you're allowed to be self-indulgent, it's your birthday, which, for me, is today.
Sometimes a sweet treat tops off a day of shopping, and Adonna's Bakery and Café lends itself to self-indulgence with fresh and favorite flavors.
As I've mused before (though only twice), what's the point of having a blog if you can't indulge in a little self-promotion.
Rock out to Led Zeppelin live at Madison Square Garden at the height of their majestic glory (read: self-indulgent bombast).
Wince at the even more self-indulgent fantasy sequences.
In my world, I know plenty of men who are divorced that have a side to their own personal dramas that makes them sound more tolerant than self-indulgent.
'Cloud Atlas' a bloated, self-indulgent slog .
Did you, like me, get annoyed by all the self-indulgent retrospectives that resulted from their trip into oblivion.
From the Soothe and Smooth Manicure to Rough and Buff Pedicure, Sunstone Spa provides a manly approach to indulgent self-care.
Is it greedy and a tad self indulgent to want, crave and desire more than one black cat, favorite fragrance or piece of music.

In science:

We also deliberately try to be somewhat critical as times, pointing out certain self indulgence or re-invention of the wheel.
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