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1. To be complacent toward; to give way to; not to oppose or restrain; when said of a habit, desire, etc., to give free course to; to give one's self up to; as, to indulge sloth, pride, selfishness, or inclinations; when said of a person: to yield to the desire of; to gratify by compliance; to humor; to withhold restraint from; as, to indulge children in their caprices or willfulness; to indulge one's self with a rest or in pleasure. Hope in another life implies that we indulge ourselves in the gratifications of this very sparingly. (Atterbury)

2. To grant as by favor; to bestow in concession, or in compliance with a wish or request. Persuading us that something must be indulged to public manners. (Jer. Taylor) Yet, yet a moment, one dim ray of light indulge, dread chaos, and eternal Night! (Pope)

It is remarked by Johnson, that if the matter of indulgence is a single thing, it has with before it; if it is a habit, it has in; as, he indulged himself with a glass of wine or a new book; he indulges himself in idleness or intemperance. See Gratify.

Origin: 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.

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Re: question for evolutionary biologist.

... course does not take account as to how the genetic code underpinning the translation system could have originated. Now for the other way. You can indulge yourself, as is suggested, and go down the speculative route of “abiogenesis” which has absolutely no scientific foundation. In fact even NASA ...

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by scottie
Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: question for evolutionary biologist.
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Does smashing walnuts kills the pests that invade it?

... on it, and throw it away on the ground, can these eggs still hatch, and live, and for how long is that possible. I know it is an odd question, but indulge me please, it is a bet. Someone asked how hard did I smash it - real hard, the idea was to kill the live insect inside (not the eggs). How big ...

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by astralus
Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:33 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Does smashing walnuts kills the pests that invade it?
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Views: 2276

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

... with work. From this it follows that workaholics feel less emotion than other people in their lives, because they do not leave themselves time to indulge in personal thought and feelings. However this blocking causes stress, and can lead to breakdowns. I think it would be interesting to research ...

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by animartco
Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 45
Views: 61158

Re: Odd food poisoning-like symptoms, strange tastes

... me up. Another symptom i have is loss of appetite (and i'll be honest a few months ago i changed the way i eat to be alot healthier but i still indulge in the odd snack like we all do) and also a huge loss of energy even if i do get enough sleep. These last two symptoms are not just within the ...

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by Sami1984
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Odd food poisoning-like symptoms, strange tastes
Replies: 35
Views: 136713

Re: Any SOLID arguments against evolution?

... seasons, backslidings, and back again. But I never lost my faith. Evolution is a theory of origins so God talk is rather inevitable. So please indulge me, and I'll get to my concerns. Then at least you'll understand why there is still a debate. No. 1. If evolution is true then Adam and Eve ...

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by AFJ
Fri May 22, 2009 2:32 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Any SOLID arguments against evolution?
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