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English Dictionary: indulgence by the DICT Development Group
3 results for indulgence
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
    Synonym(s): indulgence, self-indulgence
  2. a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone; "too much indulgence spoils a child"
    Synonym(s): indulgence, lenience, leniency
  3. the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
    Synonym(s): indulgence, indulging, pampering, humoring
  4. foolish or senseless behavior
    Synonym(s): folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgence
  5. 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"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Indulgence \In*dul"gence\, v. t.
      To grant an indulgence to.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Indulgence \In*dul"gence\, n. [L. indulgentia: cf. F.
      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.
      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.
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