indulgence

noun in·dul·gence \ in-ˈdəl-jən(t)s \
Updated on: 17 May 2018
1 : 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)
2 : the act of indulging : the state of being indulgent
3 a : an indulgent act
b : an extension of time for payment or performance granted as a favor
4 a : the act of indulging in something; especially : self-indulgence
b : something indulged in
  • walk off gastronomic indulgences
  • —Barbara L. Michaels

Examples of indulgence in a Sentence

  1. She lived a life of selfish indulgence.

  2. his indulgence in forbidden pleasures

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

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

  5. Good food is my only indulgence.

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First Known Use of indulgence

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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INDULGENCE Defined for English Language Learners

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 Defined for Kids

indulgence

noun in·dul·gence \ in-ˈdəl-jəns \
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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