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English noun: indulgence

1. indulgence (attribute) an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires


Broader (hypernym)indiscipline, undiscipline

Narrower (hyponym)luxury

2. indulgence (attribute) a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

SamplesToo much indulgence spoils a child.

Synonymslenience, leniency

Broader (hypernym)permissiveness, tolerance

Narrower (hyponym)softness

3. indulgence (act) the act of indulging or gratifying a desire

Synonymshumoring, indulging, pampering

Broader (hypernym)gratification

Narrower (hyponym)binge, excess, intemperance, intemperateness, orgy, overindulgence, self-indulgence, splurge

4. indulgence (act) foolish or senseless behavior

Synonymscraziness, folly, foolery, lunacy, tomfoolery

Broader (hypernym)caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp

Narrower (hyponym)buffoonery, clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss, prank

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

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

Broader (hypernym)absolution, remission, remission of sin, remittal

Domain categoryChurch of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church

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