Definition of indulgence
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)
3a : an indulgent actb : an extension of time for payment or performance granted as a favor
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.
Recent Examples of indulgence from the Web
After the high of anticipation and the calming of indulgence comes an unpleasant and often prolonged period of self-recrimination.
Some luxury brands might keep their boutiques as indulgences and loss leaders.
The second half, Love—spun as a soundtrack to an indie art film—is producing some indignant squawking from reviewers for its self-indulgence and shapelessness.
Mouthwatering indulgences as far as the eye can see, all set against the backdrop of a lush, colorful landscape with pristine, uninterrupted ocean views.
The indulgences of most hotels—the spa, the weirdly empty gym, the overpriced bar—
Metroid: Samus Returns is more than memory lane traipsing or fanbase indulgence.
New Orleans may well be the city that made the go-cup famous, but there was a time when Bourbon Street was known for another street-side indulgence – hot, fresh corn on the cob.
Others shun the store as an overpriced monument to yuppie indulgence.
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First Known Use of indulgence
INDULGENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indulgence for English Language Learners
: 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
Definition of indulgence for Students
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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