Indulgence
Indulgence In*dul"gence, n. [L. indulgentia: cf. F. indulgence.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of indulging or humoring; the quality of being indulgent; forbearance of restrain or control. [1913 Webster]

If I were a judge, that word indulgence should never issue from my lips. --Tooke. [1913 Webster]

They err, that through indulgence to others, or fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for repentance anything less. --Hammond. [1913 Webster]

2. An indulgent act; favor granted; gratification. [1913 Webster]

If all these gracious indulgences are without any effect on us, we must perish in our own folly. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

3. (R. C. Ch.) Remission of the temporal punishment due to sins, after the guilt of sin has been remitted by sincere repentance; absolution from the censures and public penances of the church. It is a payment of the debt of justice to God by the application of the merits of Christ and his saints to the contrite soul through the church. It is therefore believed to diminish or destroy for sins the punishment of purgatory. [1913 Webster]


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  • indulgence — [ ɛ̃dylʒɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1190 sens 2; lat. indulgentia « bonté », puis « remise d une peine » 1 ♦ (1564) Facilité à excuser, à pardonner. ⇒ bienveillance, bonté, charité, clémence, compréhension, générosité, humanité, longanimité, mansuétude,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • indulgence — Indulgence. s. f. Bonté & facilité à excuser & pardonner les fautes. Grande indulgence, user d indulgence. avoir de l indulgence pour une personne, trop d indulgence. son indulgence fut cause, &c. Il signifie aussi, Cette remission des peines que …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • indulgence — (n.) mid 14c., freeing from temporal punishment for sin, from O.Fr. indulgence or directly from L. indulgentia complaisance, fondness, remission, from indulgentem (nom. indulgens) indulgent, kind, tender, fond, prp. of indulgere be kind, yield,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Indulgence — In*dul gence, v. t. To grant an indulgence to. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indulgence — [in dul′jəns] n. [OFr < L indulgentia] 1. an indulging or being indulgent 2. a thing indulged in 3. the act of indulging oneself, or giving way to one s own desires 4. a favor or privilege 5. Business an extension of time to make payment on a… …   English World dictionary

  • indulgence — I noun accordance, acquiescence, allowance, approval, benevolence, benignltas, clearance, clemency, compassion, favor, forgiveness, generosity, generousness, grant, gratification, gratification of desire, humoring, inabstinence, Indulgentia,… …   Law dictionary

  • indulgence — forbearance, tolerance, clemency, mercifulness, leniency (see under FORBEARING) Analogous words: *mercy, charity, lenity, grace: kindness, benignancy or benignity, benignness, kindliness (see corresponding adjectives at KIND): mildness,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • indulgence — [n] luxury; gratification allowance, appeasement, attention, babying*, coddling*, courtesy, endurance, excess, extravagance, favor, favoring, fondling, fondness, forbearance, fulfillment, goodwill, gratifying, hedonism, immoderation, intemperance …   New thesaurus

  • indulgence — Indulgence, Est trop grand bandon et licence qu on donne aucunesfois aux jeunes gens, Indulgentia. Indulgences, Veniae …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • indulgence — ► NOUN 1) the action or fact of indulging. 2) a thing that is indulged in; a luxury. 3) the state or attitude of being indulgent or tolerant. 4) an extension of the time in which a bill or debt has to be paid. 5) chiefly historical (in the Roman… …   English terms dictionary

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