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indulgence


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indulgence  \In*dul"gence\,  v.  t. 
  To  grant  an  indulgence  to 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indulgence  \In*dul"gence\,  n.  [L.  indulgentia:  cf  F. 
  indulgence.] 
  1.  The  act  of  indulging  or  humoring;  the  quality  of  being 
  indulgent;  forbearance  of  restrain  or  control. 
 
  If  I  were  a  judge,  that  word  indulgence  should  never 
  issue  from  my  lips.  --Tooke. 
 
  They  err,  that  through  indulgence  to  others  or 
  fondness  to  any  sin  in  themselves,  substitute  for 
  repentance  anything  less  --Hammond. 
 
  2.  An  indulgent  act  favor  granted;  gratification. 
 
  If  all  these  gracious  indulgences  are  without  any 
  effect  on  us  we  must  perish  in  our  own  folly. 
  --Rogers. 
 
  3.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  Remission  of  the  temporal  punishment  due  to 
  sins,  after  the  guilt  of  sin  has  been  remitted  by  sincere 
  repentance;  absolution  from  the  censures  and  public 
  penances  of  the  church.  It  is  a  payment  of  the  debt  of 
  justice  to  God  by  the  application  of  the  merits  of  Christ 
  and  his  saints  to  the  contrite  soul  through  the  church.  It 
  is  therefore  believed  to  diminish  or  destroy  for  sins  the 
  punishment  of  purgatory. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  indulgence 
  n  1:  an  inability  to  resist  the  gratification  of  whims  and 
  desires  [syn:  {self-indulgence}] 
  2:  a  disposition  to  yield  to  the  wishes  of  someone  "too  much 
  indulgence  spoils  a  child"  [syn:  {lenience},  {leniency}] 
  3:  the  act  of  indulging  or  gratifying  a  desire  [syn:  {indulging}, 
  {pampering},  {humoring},  {pleasing}] 
  4:  foolish  or  senseless  behavior  [syn:  {folly},  {foolery},  {tomfoolery}] 




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