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Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
  to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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indulgence indulgent indulgences self-indulgent indulgently
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  • Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
  • Her parents are strict, but her grandparents are indulgent.
  • But once a year, they all smiled indulgently at the commotion from the little ones waiting to receive their names and families.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Father was a fond, indulgent husband, but a man that never flinched from anything that he thought necessary;
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • Hera smiled indulgently.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • When I described as best I could what we had said about our careers, he smiled indulgently.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • At the water’s edge, one of the babies ventured out, squeaked, and scrambled back while the adults watched indulgently.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • When a child says he’s seen a troll in his bedroom or a vampire outside the window, we simply smile indulgently.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He smiled indulgently. After a long silence, he said: "There are a thousand and one gates leading into the orchard of mystical truth. ... We must never make the mistake of wanting to enter the orchard by any gate but our own."
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I told him ... that he ought to be kind and indulgent to me; I even hinted that he might raise a loan.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House

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  • Dick laughed indulgently at Abe, whom he loved, and in whom he had long lost hope:
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Several of the women were laughing at him indulgently, the children were twittering with pleasure.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Balt Van Tassel was an easy indulgent soul; he loved his daughter ... and, like a reasonable man and an excellent father, let her have her way in everything.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • If I turn him away, the chances are he will fall in with some less indulgent employer, and then he will be rudely treated, and perhaps driven forth miserably to starve.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • With Charley, who was not interested in business, but was already preparing for Annapolis, Mr. Harling was very indulgent; bought him guns and tools and electric batteries, and never asked what he did with them.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • He was one of those rare men who are rigid to themselves and indulgent to others.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • You are too indulgent.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • When he reaches Broadway he changes his mind and hails a cab. The decision feels indulgent, as it is not particularly late, or cold, or raining, and he is in no great rush to be home.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Extravagance is considered self-indulgent and unnecessary.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I was sure that I’d made a mistake, that I’d been self-indulgent and presumptuous and insulting, and that I’d never hear back from him.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • GEORGE: You’re a spoiled, self-indulgent, willful, dirty-minded, liquor-ridden ….
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Thorolf tilted his head indulgently, like he was dealing with not-very-bright children.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • "Go right ahead," Margie said to me indulgently.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer
  • Even if Napoleon was right, and Charlie was inclined to be indulgent, the courtiers would never let such an opportunity pass.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Nor can I forget, as an encouragement to it, your indulgent reception of my sentiments on a former and not dissimilar occasion.
    George Washington  --  Washington’s Farewell Address
  • Bethany was growing into a young woman with a bright future who would thrive in this self-indulgent landscape called North America.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Given the circumstances, I guess I deserve one day of indulgence.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Haymitch, his face puffy and red from the previous day’s indulgences, is chuckling.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Privacy was an adult indulgence, but when he got to be one, he seemed not to need it.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • They spoiled her, and she, as a favor to their indulgence, hid as best she could the fact that they embarrassed her.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I must crave your indulgence for appearing in this unseemly fashion.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • You’ll come by no indulgence in our house; kicked down into a ship’s bilge, out to sea you go, and nothing saves you.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • As you from crimes would pardon’d be,
    Let your indulgence set me free.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • just because you are Dumbledore’s favourite boy, you must not expect the same indulgence from the rest of us…
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Archie allowed himself the indulgence of a quiet, confident laugh, but closed his fists to hide his moist palms.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • I do know, that you won’t hit me...; I do know, that you constantly want to punish me and put me down with your religious devotion and your indulgence. You want me to become like you, just as devout, just as soft, just as wise!
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • he allowed them to get into arrears, neglect their fences, ... and otherwise go the wrong way,—and then, when he became short of money in consequence of this indulgence, he took the hardest measures and would listen to no appeal.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The poor land-jobber begged him to grant a few months’ indulgence.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • I told him I would give him no such thing, for neither he nor I was of an age for such indulgences.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Since earliest manhood the centre of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • ...encouraging the belief that sickness excuses every indulgence...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • after giving him a week’s indulgence, Lady Russell determined him to be unworthy of the interest which he had been beginning to excite.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • I can see no reason why she should be denied the indulgence. [allowing Fanny to go to Mrs. Grant’s for dinner]
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • It would hardly be proper to remove my coat, but if I can beg my lady’s indulgence, I will unfasten a button or two.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  •   "I’ve always wanted to study law"
      He gives me the indulgent smile of an adult hearing an outrageous claim from a child.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  •   "Ivar," Signa asked suddenly, "will you tell me why you go barefoot?..."
      "...It is for the indulgence of the body. From my youth up I have had a strong, rebellious body, and have been subject to every kind of temptation. ...and the feet, as I understand it, are free members. ... The hands, the tongue, the eyes, the heart, all the bodily desires we are commanded to subdue; but the feet are free members."
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • But under no circumstances is he ever to hear of his country or to see any information regarding it; and you will especially caution all the officers under your command to take care, that, in the various indulgences which may be granted, this rule, in which his punishment is involved, shall not be broken.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • I did not come here for self-indulgent arguing.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I actually feel quite self-indulgent at the moment, telling you all about me, me, me.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I never fully understood the artists and actors I’ve known and taught over the years. They would sometimes talk about the things inside them that "needed to come out." I thought that sounded self-indulgent. I should have been more empathetic.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
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Associated words [difficulty]:   indulgent [1] , indulge [1] , sate [4] , satiate [5] , surfeit [6]
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