indulgence

noun
in·​dul·​gence | \ in-ˈdəl-jən(t)s How to pronounce indulgence (audio) \

Definition of indulgence

1a : the act of indulging in something especially : self-indulgence
b : something indulged in walk off gastronomic indulgences— Barbara L. Michaels
2a : an indulgent act
b : an extension of time for payment or performance granted as a favor
3 : the act of indulging : the state of being indulgent
4 : remission of part or all of the temporal and especially purgatorial punishment that according to Roman Catholicism is due for sins whose eternal punishment has been remitted and whose guilt has been pardoned (as through the sacrament of reconciliation)

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Examples of indulgence in a Sentence

She lived a life of selfish indulgence. his indulgence in forbidden pleasures 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Department stores, once a middle-class mainstay of convenience and indulgence, had been spiraling downward long before the pandemic turbocharged online shopping and helped tip a number of big-name retailers into bankruptcy. Washington Post, "Mall department stores were struggling. The pandemic has pushed them to the edge of extinction.," 16 Apr. 2021 Department stores, once a middle-class mainstay of convenience and indulgence, had been spiraling downward long before the pandemic turbocharged online shopping and helped tip a number of big-name retailers into bankruptcy. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Struggling mall department stores have been pushed to the edge of extinction during pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 The retailer tried to find a food and beverage brand that checked all the boxes, including being designed around celebration and indulgence with a wide variety of categories. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, "Target Plans To Build On Its Private Label Success With New Food Brand, Favorite Day," 9 Mar. 2021 With many of these new edible offerings catering toward a more highbrow crowd, the act of participating is more of an indulgence. Sydney Gore, Vogue, "The Future of Edibles Is Artisanal," 12 Apr. 2021 The combination of air springs and adaptive dampers erases the sins of paving crews like a medieval indulgence that actually works. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Audi RS7 vs. 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe vs. 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S," 12 Apr. 2021 Drawing from the diverse array of regional specialties across the South, this unique sampler is a serious treat for special occasions or even just a lavish evening of self-indulgence. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, "8 Top Snacks From Around The World You Can Try Without Leaving Home," 12 Apr. 2021 Although acknowledging that silk pillowcases may provide some benefits for hair and skin, doctors say the products are best seen as a supplement to existing routines or as a self-care indulgence. Washington Post, "Silk pillowcases may provide some hair and skin benefits, but they’re not miracle workers," 6 Apr. 2021 For better or worse, director’s cuts are an unparalleled exercise in excess and self-indulgence. Iana Murray, Vulture, "What Does Justice League Mean for the Director’s Cut?," 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of indulgence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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“Indulgence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indulgence. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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indulgence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indulgence

: the behavior or attitude of people who allow themselves to do what they want or who allow other people to do what they want
: the act of doing something that you enjoy but that is usually thought of as wrong or unhealthy
: something that is done or enjoyed as a special pleasure

indulgence

noun
in·​dul·​gence | \ in-ˈdəl-jəns How to pronounce indulgence (audio) \

Kids Definition of indulgence

1 : the practice of allowing enjoyment of whatever is desired He lives a life of indulgence.
2 : an act of doing what is desired She regretted her indulgence in new clothes.
3 : something that a person enjoys or desires Chocolate is an indulgence.

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