indulgent

Definitions

  • Nobody must indulge in sports
    Nobody must indulge in sports
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj indulgent being favorably inclined "an indulgent attitude"
    • adj indulgent characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone "indulgent grandparents"
    • adj indulgent tolerant or lenient "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children","too soft on the children","they are soft on crime"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Indulgent Prone to indulge; yielding to the wishes, humor, or appetites of those under one's care; compliant; not opposing or restraining; tolerant; mild; favorable; not severe; as, an indulgent parent. "The indulgent censure of posterity.""The feeble old, indulgent of their ease."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • indulgent Disposed or prone to indulge, humor, gratify, or give way to one's own or another's desires, etc., or to be compliant, lenient, or forbearing; showing or ready to show favor; favorable; indisposed to be severe or harsh, or to exercise necessary restraint: as, an indulgent parent; to be indulgent to servants.
    • indulgent Synonyms Lenient, forbearing, tolerant, gentle. See gratify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Indulgent yielding to the wishes of others: compliant: not severe
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Quotations

  • Herman Melville
    Herman%20Melville
    “Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.”
  • 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.]”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.”
  • M. F. K. Fisher
    M. F. K. Fisher
    “Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “We always believe God is like ourselves, the indulgent think him indulgent and the stern, terrible.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indulgens, -entis, p. pr. of indulgere,: cf. F. indulgent,. See Indulge
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. indulgēre, to be kind to—in, in, and prob. L. dulcis, sweet.

Usage

In literature:

Miss Layton does not indulge in details, but that is the impression I gather from her letters.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Let them indulge their own pride in thinking that my fall makes them higher, or seems so at least.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Having indulged in self-abuse, she believed herself going insane, and very naturally succumbed to the effects of such a fear.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Our ancient indulgence has been said to be pursued to a fault.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
When it came to the question of schools, Mr. Belcher indulged in a few flights of oratory.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
But let us not dishonour this good cause, and weaken our hands by indulging in such gloomy anticipations.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
A fine and luxurious dissipation, not dangerous unless recklessly indulged in, but to be kept strictly in her place?
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
And overwhelmed with grief he indulged in much piteous lamentation.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
This is an indulgence that I ask from thy love for me.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The accusation was easy, for the occult studies in which he indulged laid him open to the charge.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
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In poetry:

O send thy Spirit down to write
Thy law upon my heart!
Nor let my tongue indulge deceit,
Nor act the liar's part.
"Psalm 119 part 11" by Isaac Watts
Who was it that appealed to all,
To every class of men,
And showed the dreadful wickedness,
In their indulging sins?
"Sam Jones" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Hast thou not promised to thy Son
And all his seed a heav'nly crown?
But flesh and sense indulge despair:
For ever blessed be the Lord,
That faith can read his holy word,
And find a resurrection there.
"Psalm 89 last part" by Isaac Watts
Let mortals tremble and adore
A God of such resistless power,
Nor dare indulge their feeble rage:
Vain are your thoughts, and weak your hands;
But his eternal counsel stands,
And rules the world from age to age.
"Psalm 33 Part 1" by Isaac Watts
The wine-loud laughter of indulged Desire
Upon his lips, and, in his eyes, the fire
Of uncontrol, he takes in reckless hands,--
And interrupts with discords,--the sad lyre
Of LOVE'S deep soul, and never understands.
"Passion" by Madison Julius Cawein
Do you recognize these songs? You never sang them,
not quite with this intonation.
For you every morning brings its new light
warm through your open windows.
And you have the feeling from face to face
that tempts you to be indulgent.
"The Song Of The Blindman" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

The season to indulge, smile, shake hands and kiss babies is upon us.
For those who like to indulge in a little charitable pull-tab gambling over food and refreshments, or during the lull of a televised game, things have just gotten a little more interesting.
'Fat Boy' indulges funny man 's fantasy.
'Fat Boy' indulges funny man's fantasy.
From flattened foreheads to terrible trout pouts, stars have taken injections to the extreme, but there are several others who are indulging in injections that we don't even know about.
Although prices are down slightly this year, because of the abundant supply, they are still a delicious indulgence, on the following menus.
Chef Pat Long gives cauliflower an extra kick by combining it with Gorgonzola cheese and curried raisins in this indulgent soup.
Using Greek yogurt and nonfat sour cream in your green bean casserole is one way to save Thanksgiving indulgence for the dessert table.
Well if ever there was a night to indulge in a scary movie marathon, tonight is the night.
The art of self-indulgence .
The Self-Indulgence of Jay-Z and Kanye's New Album.
Darman Issues Warning On ' Self-Indulgent ' U.S. Search All NYTimes.com.
Small indulgences and better-for-you foods were just a couple of the ideas on display at this year's IDDBA Show & Sell Center.
Sinful Private Equity Executives Purchase Indulgences from the Obama Campaign.
The problem with alcohol is that so often, we wish to completely indulge--and sometimes get to "that point".
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In science:

Since the map S0 is locally linear there is no point in distinguishing between the constant matrix ∂xS0x and the map S0 so that we indulge in the abuse of notation implicit in (5.3).
A fluctuation theorem in a random environment
In the text, various authors are mentioned by name: this is to aid the reader in researching the problem at hand, and is not meant in any way to be a detailed, historical account of the development of the field. I ask the reader for his’r indulgence on this score.
Some open problems in random matrix theory and the theory of integrable systems
In order to substantiate the loose argument we have been indulging in so far and provide proofs, we use a less direct line of attack than the one suggested by the above discussion.
On the Limit Law of a Random Walk Conditioned to Reach a High Level
Even, sometimes it indulges the reputation of the victim.
Algorithm and Implementation of the Blog-Post Supervision Process
Our main interest here is in constructing new smooth Calabi-Yau threefolds via such topological transitions, but first I will indulge in a few comments about the connectedness of the space of all Calabi-Yau threefolds.
The Expanding Zoo of Calabi-Yau Threefolds
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