Definitions for: Indulgence


[n] foolish or senseless behavior
[n] the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
[n] a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone; "too much indulgence spoils a child"
[n] an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires



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

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

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

2. An indulgent act; favor granted; gratification.

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

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.


In*dul"gence, v. t.
To grant an indulgence to.

Synonyms: folly, foolery, humoring, indulging, lenience, leniency, pampering, self-indulgence, tomfoolery

See Also: buffoonery, caper, clowning, excess, extravagance, frivolity, frolic, gambol, gratification, harlequinade, indiscipline, luxury, orgy, overindulgence, permissiveness, play, prank, romp, softness, tolerance, undiscipline

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