Definition of indulgence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌldʒəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌldʒəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (usually disapproving) the state or act of having or doing whatever you want; the state of allowing somebody to have or do whatever they want to lead a life of indulgence Avoid excessive indulgence in sweets and canned drinks. The menu offers a temptation to over-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 holiday was an extravagant indulgence. see also self-indulgence
  3. 3[uncountable] (formal) willingness to ignore the weaknesses in somebody/something synonym patience They begged the audience's indulgence.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin indulgentia, from the verb indulgere ‘give free rein to’.Extra examples He attacked the indulgence granted to religious dissenters. He begged the audience’s indulgence to read some passages from his latest book. She allowed herself only a few moments’ indulgence in self-pity. guilty of self-indulgence
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