indulge

indulge, pamper, humor, spoil, baby, mollycoddle mean to show undue favor or attention to a person or his desires.
Indulge implies weakness or compliance in gratifying another's wishes or desires, especially those which have no claim to fulfillment or which ought to be kept under control
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I would indulge her every whim— Hardy

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pasty- faced languid creatures ... indulged in food and disciplined in play— Russell

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when schoolboys were less indulged with pocket money— Archibald Marshall

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Pamper carries an implication of inordinate gratification of an appetite or taste especially for what is luxurious or dainty and, therefore, softening in its physical, mental, or moral effects
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rich though they were, they refused to pamper their children

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he preserved without an effort the supremacy of character and mind over the flesh he neither starved nor pamperedDickinson

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no country can afford to pamper snobbery— Shaw

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Humor stresses either attention to or an easy yielding to whim, caprice, or changing desires; it therefore often suggests accommodation to the moods of another
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humoring a pet fawn which had a predilection for soap and cigarette butts— Corsiniy

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the tone of your voice ... is too gentle, as if you were humoring the vagaries of a blind man's mind— Hecht

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Spoil stresses the injurious effect on the character or disposition of one who is indulged, pampered, humored, or otherwise made the recipient of special attention; however the word is often used to imply attentions that are likely to have this effect
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"She talks a great deal, sir," Elizabeth apologized. "She's our only little girl, and I'm afraid we spoil her"— Deland

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Baby implies excessive attentions, especially of the kind given to those who are unable to care for themselves and need the constant assistance of a mother or nurse; it also carries a strong implication of humoring or pampering
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babying Americans, telling them what they should read and should not read— Sokolsky

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Lydia had two methods of taking men down: babying them and harping on their faults— Edmund Wilson

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Mollycoddle usually implies babying; it distinctively suggests inordinate attention to another's health or physical comfort or undue efforts to relieve another of strain or hardship. It often also connotes, as the effect or danger of such treatment, effeminateness or infantilism
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schools where grown boys and girls are mollycoddled

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look here, mother dear: I'm as well as ever I was, and I'm not going to be mollycoddled any more— Braddon

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Analogous words: favor, accommodate, *oblige: gratify, *please, regale, delight
Antonyms: discipline (others): abstain (with reference to oneself, one's appetite)

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  • Indulge — In*dulge , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indulged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Indulging}.] [L. indulgere to be kind or tender to one; cf. OIr. dilgud, equiv. to L. remissio, OIr. dligeth, equiv. to L. lex, Goth. dulgs debt.] [1913 Webster] 1. To be complacent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indulge — [in dulj′] vt. indulged, indulging [L indulgere, to be kind to, yield to < in + base prob. akin to Gr dolichos, long & Goth tulgus, firm] 1. to yield to or satisfy (a desire); give oneself up to [to indulge a craving for sweets] 2. to gratify… …   English World dictionary

  • Indulge — In*dulge , v. i. To indulge one s self; to gratify one s tastes or desires; esp., to give one s self up (to); to practice a forbidden or questionable act without restraint; followed by in, but formerly, also, by to. Willing to indulge in easy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indulge — [v1] treat oneself or another to allow, baby, cater, coddle, cosset, delight, entertain, favor, foster, give in, give rein to*, go along, go easy on*, gratify, humor, mollycoddle*, nourish, oblige, pamper, pander, pet, please, regale, satiate,… …   New thesaurus

  • indulge — ► VERB 1) (indulge in) allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of. 2) satisfy or yield freely to (a desire or interest). 3) allow (someone) to do or have something. DERIVATIVES indulger noun. ORIGIN Latin indulgere give free rein to …   English terms dictionary

  • indulge — index bestow, enable, foster, furnish, give (grant), grant (concede), let (p …   Law dictionary

  • indulge — (v.) 1630s, to grant as a favor; 1650s, of both persons and desires, to treat with unearned favor; a back formation from INDULGENCE (Cf. indulgence), or else from L. indulgere to be complaisant. Related: Indulged; indulging …   Etymology dictionary

  • indulge */ — UK [ɪnˈdʌldʒ] / US verb Word forms indulge : present tense I/you/we/they indulge he/she/it indulges present participle indulging past tense indulged past participle indulged 1) [intransitive/transitive] to allow yourself to have or do something… …   English dictionary

  • indulge — in|dulge [ ın dʌldʒ ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to allow yourself to have or do something that you enjoy: indulge in: an opportunity to indulge in leisure activities like reading indulge yourself (in something): Indulge yourself come …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indulge — 01. My wife loves to [indulge] in a nice glass of red wine on Fridays after work. 02. Our new spa lets you [indulge] yourself at a reasonable price. 03. His CD collection is his one [indulgence] that he spends a lot of money on. 04. His… …   Grammatical examples in English

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