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Indulgence Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    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]
  4. foolish or senseless behavior [syn: folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy]
  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"
Indulgence Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Indulgence \In*dul"gence\, v. t. To grant an indulgence to.
Indulgence Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Indulgence'


An indulgence, in Roman Catholic theology, means that temporal punishment (punishment here on Earth) for sins which have already been forgiven is taken from the sinner.

The indulgence is given by the church after the sinner has confessed and received absolution. Indulgences replaced the severe penances of the early church.

Martin Luther protested against them because they were sold. This was the starting point for the Protestant Reformation (1517).

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* Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. - Benjamin Disraeli

* Negative thinking is always expensive--dragging us down mentally, emotionally, and physically--hence I refer to any indulgence in it as a luxury. - Peter McWilliams


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