Definition of indulgence in English:

indulgence

Syllabification: in·dul·gence
Pronunciation: /inˈdəljəns
 
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noun

  • 1The action or fact of indulging: indulgence in self-pity
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    • And we will have contributed a good deal of pain, cruelty and selfish indulgence to the karma of the universe.
    • It was either taught in parables or using horror messages to discourage young people from ‘premarital’ sexual indulgence.
    • The very measures that are supposed to protect our young people from over indulgence of self-abuse habits are in fact the lures that draw them into it.
    Synonyms
    satisfaction, gratification, fulfillment, satiation, appeasement; accommodation; slaking, quenchingself-gratification, self-indulgence, overindulgence, intemperance, immoderation, excess, excessiveness, lack of restraint, extravagance, decadence
    rare sybaritism
    pampering, coddling, mollycoddling, spoiling, cosseting, babying
    informal pity party
  • 1.1The state or attitude of being indulgent or tolerant: she regarded his affairs with a casual, slightly amused indulgence
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    • To be able to look at childhood fantasies with indulgence and optimism is a lot about recognising the child in all of us.
    • We are in the era of guarded opulence and while heads are rolling in town, a certain level of indulgence continues to continue in Napoleon's France.
    • Unfortunately, this talent had a weak side: her inclination toward indulgence and spoiling her little darlings.
    Synonyms
    tolerance, forbearance, understanding, kindness, compassion, sympathy, forgiveness, leniency, mercy, clemency, liberality
  • 1.2A thing that is indulged in; a luxury: Claire collects shoes—it is her indulgence
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    • With indulgence in luxuries out of the question, he recommended reading, gardening and amateur theatricals.
    • I saw therapy as an indulgence, a luxury I couldn't afford, and the idea of antidepressants frightened me.
    • This is consumer advertising that recognises that consumers are having a difficult time of it and market their products as little luxuries or indulgences.
    Synonyms
  • 2chiefly • historical (In the Roman Catholic Church) a grant by the pope of remission of the temporal punishment in purgatory still due for sins after absolution. The unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners was a widespread abuse during the later Middle Ages.
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    • The ‘treasures of the Church,’ out of which the Pope grants indulgences, are not sufficiently named or known among the people of Christ.
    • The practice of granting indulgences - remission of punishment for sins through the intercession of the Church - already had a long history.
    • Most especially Luther disputed the sale of indulgences whereby, as Luther perceived, believers might buy forgiveness for themselves or their departed relatives.
  • 3An extension of the time in which a bill or debt has to be paid.
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    • It is merely intended as an indulgence offered by the lender to the borrower.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin indulgentia, from the verb indulgere (see indulge).

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