The family lived with a contradictory sense of parsimony and indulgence, “both beyond and below our means.”
The indulgence, however, does not apply to sins that have not yet been committed.
Her wardrobe is primarily understated, her hair worn plain in shiny brown waves, her one indulgence the occasional whimsical hat.
Those who made a pilgrimage to pray to the relic were given a 10-year indulgence.
Because this is not just another genre-loving Tarantino indulgence.
He represented that it would be safe to trust the reporters to the Speaker's indulgence.
No sensation, no indulgence, no excess seemed to threaten me.
We know he wasted what he had—probably in indulgence—and there is a mortgage on his farm.
My occupations have been, unfortunately, of a nature not favorable to the indulgence of verse.
indulgence in malt liquors, wines, and spirits should be strictly prohibited.
mid-14c., "freeing from temporal punishment for sin," from Old French indulgence or directly from Latin indulgentia "complaisance, fondness, remission," from indulgentem (nominative indulgens) "indulgent, kind, tender, fond," present participle of indulgere "be kind, yield," of unknown origin; perhaps from in- "in" + derivative of PIE root *dlegh- "to engage oneself."
Sense of "gratification of another's desire or humor" is attested from late 14c. That of "yielding to one's inclinations" (technically self-indulgence) is from 1640s. In British history, Indulgence also refers to grants of certain liberties to Nonconformists under Charles II and James II, as special favors rather than legal rights; specifically the Declarations of Indulgence of 1672, 1687, and 1688 in England and 1669, 1672, and 1687 in Scotland.
Note: In the Middle Ages, indulgences were frequently sold, and the teaching on indulgences was often distorted. The attack by Martin Luther on the sale of indulgences began the Reformation.