from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Excessive indulgence of one's own appetites and desires.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Excessive or immoderate indulgence of one's own personal desires and needs above all others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Indulgence of one's appetites, desires, or inclinations; -- the opposite of
self-restraint, and self-denial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The habit of undue gratification of one's own passions, desires, or tastes, with little or no thought of the cost to others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
- n. excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
I believed neurosis was just another name for self-indulgence, that a no-nonsense attitude and plenty of outdoor exercise were of far more use than complaining to a psychologist.
Francis Wayland, a prominent theologian, antislavery activist, and longtime president of Brown University in the decades before the Civil War, spoke for many of the cloth when he warned that “thoughtless caprice,” “sensual self-indulgence,” and “reckless expense” were not only sinful but also socially ruinous.
If someone gains weight because of the same cause, for example, overeats instead of undereats in response to depression, the person is viewed with contempt instead of sympathy, and medical problems are ignored or seen as a result of self-indulgence.
You might as well hand out coloring books and Mad Libs to keep people busy for the next 90 days as the blogosphere comes to accept that it's a venue for narcissism, distraction and self-indulgence rather than a tool for affecting national space policy.
In 1953, the former Esquire magazine copywriter had launched Playboy, a magazine that, as Ms. Pitzulo describes it, championed as its ideal "a swinging single Lothario" who rejected marriage in favor of "self-indulgence, materialism and promiscuous bachelorhood."
Mr. Fagan also succumbs to self-indulgence, telling us, for instance, how "as I dunked my salt-encrusted head under a garden faucet after an afternoon sail," thoughts of water as "a merciful gift from God . . . resonated in my mind."
He seemed destined for a career of peripheral self-indulgence, a YouTube showboater and gimmicky solo act who could not integrate his astonishing artistry into a team.
Without oversight, strong regulation and strict enforcement run away greed, self-indulgence and gross dishonesty take over and the result is what we have experienced.
Norman had always fostered a certain self-indulgence in respect of his chain of thought, and this reverie was no exception — in other words big on panoramic sweep, but as some of his colleagues regretted, rather long-winded.
When your focus of “study” is really just yourself, what can you expect from 19-year-olds other than immature self-indulgence?
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