verb (used with object), in·dul·genced, in·dul·genc·ing.
Origin of indulgence
Examples from the Web for indulgence
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|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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
He was generally a man of large frame, made larger by indulgence, and of great bodily power—which was useful to him.Coaching Days & Ways|E. D. (Edward William Dirom) Cuming
Her manner partakes both of the indulgence of a mother and of the unrestrained intimacy of a friend.French and Oriental Love in a Harem|Mario Uchard
He even felt as if he could have embraced his stern master for such an indulgence.Watch--Work--Wait|Sarah A. Myers
It was an indulgence that a person of more wisdom or more experience would doubtless have denied herself.Agnes Grey|Anne Bronte
Having seen what an indulgence is not, let us see what it is.Mary, Help of Christians|Various
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.