Indulgence - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪnˈdʌldʒəns|  American pronunciation of the word indulgence
Brit.  |ɪnˈdʌldʒ(ə)ns|  British pronunciation of the word indulgence


- an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires (syn: self-indulgence)
- a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone (syn: lenience, leniency)
too much indulgence spoils a child
- the act of indulging or gratifying a desire (syn: pampering)
- foolish or senseless behavior (syn: craziness, folly, foolery, lunacy, tomfoolery)
- the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution
in the Middle Ages the unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners became a widespread abuse

Extra examples

She lived a life of selfish indulgence.

She found that she couldn't afford the indulgences she had once enjoyed.

For our anniversary we allowed ourselves the indulgence of an elegant dinner at our favorite restaurant.

Good food is my only indulgence.

He would not trespass any longer upon the indulgence of the proprietors.

The car is one of my few indulgences.

An occasional glass of wine was his only indulgence.

I cannot think it a hardship that more indulgence is allowed to men than to women

Word forms

singular: indulgence
plural: indulgences
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