verb (used with object), in·dul·genced, in·dul·genc·ing.
Origin of indulgence
Synonyms for indulgence
Related Words for indulgenceprivilege, extravagance, kindness, leniency, permissiveness, satiation, understanding, patience, lenience, fulfillment, appeasement, toleration, service, endurance, favor, pleasing, tolerance, attention, partiality, courtesy
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Contemporary Examples of indulgence
Three years ago, she moved to New Orleans, where, she says, she encountered a great culture of indulgence.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
But even still, that little sip of indulgence from a mug or a glass tastes almost just as sweet.Mommy’s Little Secret? Coffee And Booze.
May 11, 2014
The indulgence, however, does not apply to sins that have not yet been committed.Popes, Saints, Miracles, Weird Relics and Odd Omens Converge on Rome
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 26, 2014
Jill also admitted to her past indulgence in the substance at a Led Zeppelin concert.‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television
April 10, 2014
Those who made a pilgrimage to pray to the relic were given a 10-year indulgence.Who Stole John Paul’s Blood And Christ’s Foreskin?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 29, 2014
Historical Examples of indulgence
All your scruples, you see, have met with an indulgence truly maternal from me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
There is no question that the indulgence in beer is merely an acquired habit.Government by the Brewers?
For all indulgence in wine and coffee and tobacco you will have a bill to pay.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
He was always kind to me, and if he failed in justice, it was on the side of indulgence.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
She thanks you for your indulgence, on which she will not encroach.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
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.