indulgent allowance or tolerance.
a catering to someone's mood or whim; humoring: The sick man demanded indulgence as his due.
something indulged in: Her favorite indulgence was candy.
Roman Catholic Church. a partial remission of the temporal punishment, especially purgatorial atonement, that is still due for a sin or sins after absolution.: Compare plenary indulgence.
English and Scottish History. (in the reigns of Charles II and James II) a grant by the king to Protestant dissenters and Roman Catholics freeing them from certain penalties imposed, by legislation, because of their religion.
Commerce. an extension, through favor, of time for payment or performance.
Roman Catholic Church. to provide with an indulgence: an indulgenced pilgrimage to Rome.
- non·in·dul·gence, noun
- pre·in·dul·gence, noun
- re·in·dul·gence, noun
- su·per·in·dul·gence, noun
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How to use indulgence in a sentence
After that indulgence, we decided to walk off some calories and took a stroll to Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood, about two miles south near the Inner Harbor.Escape (safely) to Baltimore’s luxurious Ivy Hotel | Kevin Naff | December 4, 2020 | Washington Blade
Tastemade’s goal was to showcase Castello as an everyday indulgence.CNN, Tastemade and ForwardPMX are Digiday Marketing and Advertising Awards Europe shortlisters | Digiday Awards | October 27, 2020 | Digiday
She still prefers to serve it as a small single serving because anything more ruins the indulgence.
Of course you shouldn’t make choices that will cause financial stress later, but I’d encourage you to lean into indulgence, whatever that means for you.
You attend a performance twice a month, an indulgence which marks the passing of the weeks.
Three years ago, she moved to New Orleans, where, she says, she encountered a great culture of indulgence.
But even still, that little sip of indulgence from a mug or a glass tastes almost just as sweet.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jill also admitted to her past indulgence in the substance at a Led Zeppelin concert.‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television | Rich Goldstein | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So the general posture of the adult world, in early 1964, was a kind of dismissive indulgence.‘You’ve Got to Be Kidding’: Why Adults Dismissed The Beatles in 1964 | Michael Tomasky | January 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They had been permitted to sit up till after the ice-cream, which naturally marked the limit of human indulgence.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Hexam watched her with an amused indulgence that in no wise tempered his mounting admiration.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
One would imagine, to hear these (p. 171) people talk, that smoking was the only selfish indulgence in the world.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
He glanced up and saw the face of the Bruder watching him with a smile of patient indulgence.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
Here is Christianity with its marvellous parable of the Prodigal Son to teach us indulgence and pardon.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
British Dictionary definitions for indulgence
the act of indulging or state of being indulgent
a pleasure, habit, etc, indulged in; extravagance: fur coats are an indulgence
liberal or tolerant treatment
something granted as a favour or privilege
RC Church a remission of the temporal punishment for sin after its guilt has been forgiven
commerce an extension of time granted as a favour for payment of a debt or as fulfilment of some other obligation
Also called: Declaration of Indulgence a royal grant during the reigns of Charles II and James II of England giving Nonconformists and Roman Catholics a measure of religious freedom
RC Church to designate as providing indulgence: indulgenced prayers
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Cultural definitions for indulgence
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