Meaning of indulgence
Pronunciation: (in-dul'juns), [key]
— n., v., -genced, -genc•ing.
- the act or practice of indulging; gratification of desire.
- the state of being indulgent.
- indulgent allowance or tolerance.
- a catering to someone's mood or whim; humoring: The sick man demanded indulgence as his due.
- something indulged in: Her favorite indulgence was candy.
- a partial remission of the temporal punishment, esp. purgatorial atonement, that is still due for a sin or sins after absolution. Cf. plenary indulgence.
- (in the reigns of Charles II and James II) a grant by the king to Protestant dissenters and Roman Catholics freeing them from certain penalties imposed, by legislation, because of their religion.
- an extension, through favor, of time for payment or performance.
- to provide with an indulgence: an indulgenced pilgrimage to Rome.
- indulgence (Thesaurus)