What does indulgence mean?

Definitions for indulgenceɪnˈdʌl dʒəns

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [L. indulgentia: cf. F. indulgence.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indulgence in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indulgence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

  2. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Grief, after all, is like smoking in a damp country — what was at first a necessity becomes afterwards an indulgence.

  3. Peter McWilliams:

    Negative thinking is always expensive--dragging us down mentally, emotionally, and physically--hence I refer to any indulgence in it as a luxury.

  4. John Quincy Adams:

    Of the two great political parties which have divided the opinions and feelings of our country, the candid and the just will now admit that both have contributed splendid talents, spotless integrity, ardent patriotism, and disinterested sacrifices to the formation and administration of this Government, and that both have required a liberal indulgence for a portion of human infirmity and error.

  5. Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master -- so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil -- so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best-regulated administration of slavery.

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Translations for indulgence

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تساهلArabic
  • odpustekCzech
  • Gnade, Duldsamkeit, Ablass, Gnadenbezeigung, Duldung, Milde, Gefälligkeit, Nachgiebigkeit, NachsichtGerman
  • συχωροχάρτι, ανοχή, πολυτέλεια, παραχάιδεμα, επιείκεια, απόλαυση, κανάκεμα, συγχωροχάρτιGreek
  • indulgenciaSpanish
  • زیاده رویPersian
  • lievitys, viettelys, hemmottelu, ane, lempeys, suopeusFinnish
  • indulgenceFrench
  • indulgo, induljencoIdo
  • vizio, indulgenzaItalian
  • 면벌Korean
  • aflaatDutch
  • wyrozumiałośćPolish
  • indulgență, îngăduire, tolerareRomanian
  • индульгенция, [[отпущение]] [[грех, потворство, терпимость, снисхождение, потакание, снисходительностьRussian
  • நுகர்வுTamil
  • غفلتUrdu

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