Definition of Indulgence

1. Noun. An inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires.

Exact synonyms: Self-indulgence
Generic synonyms: Indiscipline, Undiscipline
Specialized synonyms: Luxury
Derivative terms: Indulge, Self-indulgent

2. Noun. A disposition to yield to the wishes of someone. "Too much indulgence spoils a child"
Exact synonyms: Lenience, Leniency
Generic synonyms: Permissiveness, Tolerance
Specialized synonyms: Softness
Derivative terms: Indulge, Indulgent, Indulgent, Lenient, Lenient

3. Noun. The act of indulging or gratifying a desire.

4. Noun. Foolish or senseless behavior.
Exact synonyms: Craziness, Folly, Foolery, Lunacy, Tomfoolery
Generic synonyms: Caper, Frolic, Gambol, Play, Romp
Specialized synonyms: Meshugaas, Mishegaas, Mishegoss, Buffoonery, Clowning, Frivolity, Harlequinade, Japery, Prank
Derivative terms: Crazy, Crazy, Fool, Lunatic

5. Noun. 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"

Definition of Indulgence

1. n. The act of indulging or humoring; the quality of being indulgent; forbearance of restrain or control.

2. v. t. To grant an indulgence to.

Definition of Indulgence

1. Noun. the act of indulging ¹

2. Noun. tolerance ¹

3. Noun. catering to someone's every desire ¹

4. Noun. something in which someone indulges ¹

5. Noun. (Roman Catholicism) A pardon or release from the expectation of punishment in purgatory, after the sinner has been granted absolution. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) (''Roman Catholic Church'') to provide with an indulgence ¹

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Definition of Indulgence

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Medical Definition of Indulgence

1. 1. The act of indulging or humoring; the quality of being indulgent; forbearance of restrain or control. "If I were a judge, that word indulgence should never issue from my lips." (Tooke) "They err, that through indulgence to others, or fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for repentance anything less." (Hammond) 2. An indulgent act; favor granted; gratification. "If all these gracious indulgences are without any effect on us, we must perish in our own folly." (Rogers) 3. Remission of the temporal punishment due to sins, after the guilt of sin has been remitted by sincere repentance; absolution from the censures and public penances of the church. It is a payment of the debt of justice to God by the application of the merits of Christ and his saints to the contrite soul through the church. It is therefore believed to diminish or destroy for sins the punishment of purgatory. Origin: L. Indulgentia: cf. F. Indulgence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Indulgence

indulgence (current term)
indulin -50415

Literary usage of Indulgence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"By the theory consequently developed, an indulgence is henceforth the remission, not of ecclesiastical penance, but of the temporal penalties imposed by God ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"(3) An indulgence of five years and five quarantines to be gained on the same conditions on any Sunday or feast of the year. (2) An indulgence of seven ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The indulgence, and the addresses by which it was commended, he knew, ... Still at the basis of the indulgence, bad as it was, Luther thought that there was ..."

4. The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Henry Hart Milman (1865)
"Declaration of indulgence. On the eighteenth of March the King informed the ... On the fourth of April appeared the memorable Declaration of indulgence. ..."

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