noun Date: 14th century 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) 2. the act of indulging ; the state of being indulgent 3. a. an indulgent act b. an extension of time for payment or performance granted as a favor 4. a. the act of indulging in something; especially self-indulgence b. something indulged in <
walk off gastronomic indulgences — Barbara L. Michaels

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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, 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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