[Ads-l] indulgent = 'self-indulgent'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 12 13:29:22 UTC 2015

OED marks this "Obs.," with its final cite from 1705.

It has become so common in recent decades that it has effectively crowded
out "self-indulgent" in the popular media.

A modern ex.:

1979 Jon Silkin _Penguin Book of First World War Poetry_ (N.Y.: Penguin)
15: If [compassion in war poetry, like Whitman's] doesn't try to do away
with, or limit, the war that causes the suffering, it's indulgent.


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