[ in-duhl-juhns ]
/ ɪnˈdʌl dʒəns /


verb (used with object), in·dul·genced, in·dul·genc·ing.

Roman Catholic Church. to provide with an indulgence: an indulgenced pilgrimage to Rome.

Origin of indulgence

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English word from Latin word indulgentia. See indulge, -ence

Related forms

non·in·dul·gence, nounpre·in·dul·gence, nounre·in·dul·gence, nounsu·per·in·dul·gence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indulgence


/ (ɪnˈdʌldʒəns) /


verb (tr)

RC Church to designate as providing indulgenceindulgenced prayers
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Culture definitions for indulgence


In the Roman Catholic Church, a declaration by church authorities that those who say certain prayers or do good deeds will have some or all of their punishment in purgatory remitted.


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.
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