Questions about Reading “Emma”2

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Sep 13, 2016 17:04
Questions about Reading “Emma”2
Mr. Knightly said to Emma “Emma, I must once more speak to you as I have been used to do: a privilege rather endured than allowed, perhaps, but I must still use it. I cannot see you acting wrong, without a remonstrance. How could you be so unfeeling to Miss Bates? How could you be so insolent in your wit to a woman of her character, age, and situation?- Emma, I had not thought it possible.”
I do not know what “a privilege rather endured than allowed” means. And I do not know the grammar here. Is it passive form? I looked up the dictionary. I guess it means that a privilege is better endured than allowed. Does “a privilege“ mean special right?