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Pronunciation:  in'duljuns

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

INDULGENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \In*dul"gence\, v. t.
    To grant an indulgence to.
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