- 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 [countable] something that you allow yourself to have even though it is not essential The cruise was an extravagant indulgence.
- 3[uncountable] (formal) willingness to ignore the weaknesses in someone or something synonym patience They begged the audience's indulgence.