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Definition of indulgence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (usually disapproving) the state or act of having or doing whatever you want; the state of allowing someone to have or do whatever they want to lead a life of indulgence Avoid excessive indulgence in sweets and sugary drinks. The menu offers a temptation to excessive indulgence. There is no limit to the indulgence he shows to his grandchildren.
  2. 2[countable] something that you allow yourself to have even though it is not essential The cruise was an extravagant indulgence.
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) willingness to ignore the weaknesses in someone or something synonym patience They begged the audience's indulgence.
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