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1the action or fact of indulging:indulgence in self-pity the state or attitude of being indulgent or tolerant:she regarded his affairs with a casual, slightly amused indulgence a thing that is indulged in; a luxury:Claire collects shoes—it is her indulgence 2
chiefly 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.
3an extension of the time in which a bill or debt has to be paid.