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INDULGENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indulgence mean? 

INDULGENCE (noun)
  The noun INDULGENCE has 5 senses:

1. an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
2. a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
3. the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
4. foolish or senseless behavior
5. the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution

  Familiarity information: INDULGENCE used as a noun is common.


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INDULGENCE (noun)


Sense 1indulgence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

indulgence; self-indulgence

Hypernyms ("indulgence" is a kind of...):

indiscipline; undiscipline (the trait of lacking discipline)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "indulgence"):

luxury (something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity)


Sense 2indulgence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

indulgence; lenience; leniency

Context example:

too much indulgence spoils a child

Hypernyms ("indulgence" is a kind of...):

permissiveness; tolerance (a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "indulgence"):

softness (a disposition to be lenient in judging others)


Sense 3indulgence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of indulging or gratifying a desire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

humoring; pampering; indulging; indulgence

Hypernyms ("indulgence" is a kind of...):

gratification (the act or an instance of satisfying)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "indulgence"):

intemperance; intemperateness; self-indulgence (excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence)

excess; overindulgence (excessive indulgence)

binge; orgy; splurge (any act of immoderate indulgence)


Sense 4indulgence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Foolish or senseless behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

tomfoolery; foolery; lunacy; craziness; indulgence; folly

Hypernyms ("indulgence" is a kind of...):

caper; frolic; gambol; play; romp (gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "indulgence"):

meshugaas; mishegaas; mishegoss ((Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity)

buffoonery; clowning; frivolity; harlequinade; japery; prank (acting like a clown or buffoon)


Sense 5indulgence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

in the Middle Ages the unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners became a widespread abuse

Hypernyms ("indulgence" is a kind of...):

absolution; remission; remission of sin; remittal (the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance)

Domain category:

Church of Rome; Roman Catholic; Roman Catholic Church; Roman Church; Western Church (the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy)


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