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English noun: indulgence

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


Synonymsself-indulgence


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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