A woman enjoys her indulgence in chocolate.
An example of indulgence is eating an extra truffle.
- an indulging or being indulgent
- a thing indulged in
- the act of indulging oneself, or giving way to one's own desires
- a favor or privilege
- Business an extension of time to make payment on a bill or note, granted as a favor
- [sometimesI-]Eng. History the grant of certain religious liberties to Dissenters and Roman Catholics by Charles II and James II
- R.C.Ch. a partial or complete remission, under conditions specified by the Church, of divine temporal punishment that may otherwise still be due for sin committed but forgiven
Origin of indulgenceOld French from Classical Latin indulgentia
transitive verb-·genced, -·genc·ing
- a. The action or an instance of indulging: the indulgence of a hunch; a teenager's indulgence in tobacco.b. The state of being indulgent; tolerance: treated their grandchildren with fond indulgence.c. Something indulged in: Sports cars are an expensive indulgence.
- Self-indulgence: a life of wealth and indulgence.
- An extension of time for the payment of a debt or the performance of a duty.
- Roman Catholic Church A remission of punishment still due, especially in purgatory, for a sin that has been sacramentally absolved.
(third-person singular simple present indulgences, present participle indulgencing, simple past and past participle indulgenced)
- (Roman Catholic Church) to provide with an indulgence
From Middle French indulgence, or its source, Latin indulgentia.