Meaning of self-indulgence in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being self-indulgent.

    ‘self-indulgence needs to be guarded against’
    • ‘Thirty years ago Aron worried about a kind of hedonistic self-indulgence characteristic of decadent societies.’
    • ‘It's a distended medley of uproars, asinine taunts, genuine skill, charm, and self-indulgence.’
    • ‘The cast approaches the material with relish and Polanski prevents broad characterisations and self-indulgence amongst his actors.’
    • ‘The committee also said that many projects lacked proper supervision from mid-managers, and that quality standards were often replaced with self-indulgence.’
    • ‘The graveyard of decadence is self-indulgence, and Clark can be found wandering among the tombstones on occasion.’
    • ‘He represents bored self-indulgence and hedonism.’
    • ‘All three deliver impressively grounded, natural performances in a character-driven format that would tempt many actors into workshop self-indulgence.’
    • ‘Beyond sentimentality and self-indulgence, these backward glances at a naïve landscape awaken - or reawaken - the conservationist within us.’
    • ‘I went back to see both places this month, partly through self-indulgence, partly as a journey of discovery - to find out how they had changed, and whether they might offer a different perspective on the Scotland of today.’
    • ‘In view of the sacrifice our troops have made on our behalf, this insensitivity to them and their families suggests a level of self-indulgence and ingratitude that shocks the conscience.’
    • ‘This day of deliberate collective self-indulgence expresses the real meaning of Christmas - enjoying food and drink, revelling in company and keeping the fire of life lighting.’
    • ‘These faults, such as they are, can be attributed to self-indulgence, surely excusable in a subject of such complexity, as demonstrated by the bibliography and footnotes which are copious and detailed.’
    • ‘With its lines of dialogue being few and far between, and its long, vast shots of the golden deserts and the cold white mountains, the film can be accused of languor, and even self-indulgence, at moments.’
    • ‘We can see the waste associated with such self-indulgence every time that we walk down the high street because all those excessively expensive paving slabs are today just as cracked and just as full of chewing gum as the cheaper variety.’
    • ‘The only thing notorious about it is how much hearsay about self-indulgence and narcissism has swirled around the film without people having seen it.’
    • ‘Both dishes were proof that the sort of culinary self-indulgence and over-elaboration that has become commonplace in so many fish restaurants need not be a part of running a successful seafood restaurant.’
    • ‘What it also does is remind me of how special and precious those few are who don't disappoint, who don't surrender to the odds, the ravages of time, or self-indulgence.’
    • ‘It is populated by a pantheon of upper-middle class aesthetes, running the full gamut from self-indulgence to self-pity, gold-digging doctors and junkie beggars.’
    • ‘They have made a world in which the only freedom is self-indulgence, a world from which - most terrible of all - prison can sometimes be a liberation.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it seems that self-indulgence and fame prevented Thompson from further, similar forays of genuine experience.’
    1. 1.1count noun Something done or allowed in a self-indulgent way.
      ‘simple-minded pleasures and self-indulgences’
      • ‘With our junk food, lack of exercise, self-indulgences and self-imposed stress, many of our old folk will outlive their sons, daughters and even grandchildren.’
      • ‘Well, I have to snap out of all sorts of self-indulgences today.’
      • ‘He is also forbidden the self-indulgences of most monarchs including the acquisition of large harems of wives, stocks of silver and gold, or large stables of horses for military adventures.’
      • ‘Harris's delightful self-indulgences practically dictate that a reviewer must find some fault with his book.’
      • ‘He doesn't have much tolerance for the tantrums and self-indulgences that other writers engage in.’
      • ‘They were all self-indulgences only made possible by his great wealth.’
      • ‘The new work, for example, is somewhat autobiographical, a self-indulgence that once he would not have allowed himself.’
      • ‘Fortunately, the question rarely enters the writer's mind, except in times of crises - personal or otherwise - when any writing seems meaningless and a self-indulgence.’
      • ‘Talking about oneself is a self-indulgence, which should be shunned by the analyst who, during the analytic hour, must regard himself solely as the agent of the patient.’
      • ‘It was a sprawling double album, which was, depending who you talk to, an overblown self-indulgence or the best thing he'd ever put on record.’
      • ‘This movie is a glorious self-indulgence about a man who is gloriously self-indulgent.’
      • ‘It was a dangerous self-indulgence that could tear her apart.’
      hedonism, indulgence, pursuit of pleasure, pleasure-seeking, luxury, lotus-eating, epicureanism, self-gratification
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