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Noun: indulgence  in'dúl-jun(t)s
  1. An inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
    - self-indulgence
     
  2. A disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
    "too much indulgence spoils a child";
    - lenience, leniency
     
  3. The act of indulging or gratifying a desire
    - indulging, pampering, humoring [US], humouring [Brit, Cdn]
     
  4. Foolish or senseless behaviour
    - folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy
     
  5. (Roman Catholicism) 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"

Derived forms: indulgences

Type of: absolution, caper, frolic, gambol, gratification, indiscipline, permissiveness, play, remission, remission of sin, remittal, romp, tolerance, undiscipline

Encyclopedia: Indulgence