• IPA: /ɪnˈdʌld͡ʒəns/


  1. the act of indulging
    • They err, that through indulgence to others, or fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for repentance anything less.
  2. tolerance
  3. catering to someone's every desire
  4. something in which someone indulges
  5. An indulgent act; favour granted; gratification.
    • If all these gracious indulgences are without any effect on us, we must perish in our own folly.
  6. (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 2010, p. 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.
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  • Russian: потака́ние
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indulgence (indulgences, present participle indulgencing; past and past participle indulgenced)

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

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