Definitions for indulgenceɪnˈdʌl dʒəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•dul•genceɪnˈdʌl dʒəns(n.; v.)-genced, -genc•ing.

  1. (n.)the act or practice of indulging; humoring.

  2. the state of being indulgent.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. indulgent allowance or tolerance.

  4. something indulged in.

  5. (in Roman Catholicism) a partial remission of the temporal punishment that is still due for sin after absolution.

    Category: Religion

    Ref: Compare plenary indulgence.

  6. (in the reigns of Charles II and James II) a royal dispensation to Protestant Dissenters and Roman Catholics granting them a certain amount of religious freedom.

    Category: Religion, Western History

  7. Com. an extension of time for payment or performance.

    Category: Business

  8. (v.t.)to provide with an ecclesiastical indulgence.

    Category: Religion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indulgence, self-indulgence(noun)

    an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires

  2. indulgence, lenience, leniency(noun)

    a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

    "too much indulgence spoils a child"

  3. indulgence, indulging, pampering, humoring(noun)

    the act of indulging or gratifying a desire

  4. folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgence(noun)

    foolish or senseless behavior

  5. indulgence(noun)

    the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution

    "in the Middle Ages the unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners became a widespread abuse"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. indulgence(noun)ɪnˈdʌl dʒəns

    when sb does or has sth enjoyable even though it may be harmful

    a life of luxury and indulgence

  2. indulgenceɪnˈdʌl dʒəns

    sth enjoyable sb does or has

    Expensive perfume was one of her indulgences.

  3. indulgenceɪnˈdʌl dʒəns

    too much tolerance or kindness

    his indulgence of their rudeness


  1. indulgence(Noun)

    the act of indulging

  2. indulgence(Noun)


  3. indulgence(Noun)

    catering to someone's every desire

  4. indulgence(Noun)

    something in which someone indulges

  5. indulgence(Noun)

    A pardon or release from the expectation of punishment in purgatory, after the sinner has been granted absolution.

  6. indulgence(Verb)

    (Roman Catholic Church) to provide with an indulgence

  7. Origin: From indulgence, or its source, indulgentia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indulgence(noun)

    the act of indulging or humoring; the quality of being indulgent; forbearance of restrain or control

  2. Indulgence(noun)

    an indulgent act; favor granted; gratification

  3. Indulgence(noun)

    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

  4. Indulgence(verb)

    to grant an indulgence to


  1. Indulgence

    In Catholic theology, an indulgence is a remission of temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven. An indulgence is thus not forgiveness of the guilt of sin nor release from the eternal punishment due to unforgiven mortal sins; nor is it a permit to commit sin, a pardon of future sin, nor a guarantee of salvation for oneself or for another. Ordinarily forgiveness of grave sins is to be obtained only through the sacrament of Confession. Indulgences have replaced the remission of the severe penances of the early Church which was granted at the intercession of Christians awaiting martyrdom or at least imprisoned for the faith. They draw on the Treasury of Merit accumulated by Christ's superabundantly meritorious sacrifice on the cross and the virtues and penances of the saints. They are granted for specific good works and prayers in proportion to the devotion with which those good works are performed or prayers recited.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Indulgence

    remission by Church authority of the guilt of a sin on the penitent confession of the sinner to a priest, which, according to Roman Catholic theology, the Church is enabled to dispense out of the inexhaustible treasury in reserve of the merits of Christ.

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