(noun, verb)


1. an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires

Definition categories: attribute, indiscipline

2. a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

- too much indulgence spoils a child

Similar word(s): lenience, leniency

Definition categories: attribute, permissiveness, tolerance

3. the act of indulging or gratifying a desire

Similar word(s): humoring, indulging, pampering

Definition categories: act, gratification

4. foolish or senseless behavior

Similar word(s): craziness, folly, foolery, lunacy, tomfoolery

Definition categories: act, caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp

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

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

Definition categories: act, absolution, remission, remittal


1. (transitive) (Roman Catholic Church) to provide with an indulgence