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
- 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
- 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 The 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.