English edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English indulgence, indulgens, from Middle French indulgence and its source, Latin indulgentia.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈdʌl.d͡ʒəns/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: in‧dul‧gence

Noun edit

indulgence (countable and uncountable, plural indulgences)

  1. The act of indulging.
    • 1654, H[enry] Hammond, Of Fundamentals in a Notion Referring to Practise, London: [] J[ames] Flesher for Richard Royston, [], →OCLC:
      will all they that either through indulgence to others or fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for repentance any thing that is less than a sincere, uniform resolution of new obedience
    • 1922, Maneckji Nusservanji Dhalla, Zoroastrian Civilization[1], page 220:
      As indulgence in several wives depended mainly on the length of a man's purse, the poor naturally contented themselves with monogamy.
  2. Tolerance.
  3. The act of catering to someone's every desire.
  4. A wish or whim satisfied.
    • 2013, Jocelyn Samara D., Rain, volume 1, →ISBN, page 199:
      "In other words, the ONLY indulgences we'll be getting for a while is fixing your wardrobe. This means no new manga. No new games. Nothing. Get used to it."
  5. Something in which someone indulges.
  6. An indulgent act; a favour granted; gratification.
    • a. 1729, John Rogers, The Goodness of God a Motive to Repentance:
      If all these gracious indulgences are without any effect on us, we must perish in our own folly.
  7. (Roman Catholicism) A pardon or release from the expectation of punishment in purgatory, after the sinner has been granted absolution.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, published 2010, page 555:
      To understand how indulgences were intended to work depends on linking together a number of assumptions about sin and the afterlife, each of which individually makes considerable sense.

Hyponyms edit

Derived terms edit

Related terms edit

Translations edit

Verb edit

indulgence (third-person singular simple present indulgences, present participle indulgencing, simple past and past participle indulgenced)

  1. (transitive, Roman Catholicism) to provide with an indulgence

Translations edit

French edit

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

indulgence f (plural indulgences)

  1. leniency, clemency
  2. (Roman Catholicism) indulgence

Further reading edit