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Definition of indulgence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


/ɪnˈdʌldʒəns/ indulgence pronunciation American
1 [uncountable] (usually disapproving) the state or act of having or doing whatever you want; the state of allowing someone to have or do whatever they wantto lead a life of indulgenceAvoid excessive indulgence in sweets and sugary drinks.The menu offers a temptation to excessive indulgence.There is no limit to the indulgence he shows to his grandchildren.2 [countable] something that you allow yourself to have even though it is not essentialThe cruise was an extravagant indulgence.3 [uncountable] (formal) willingness to ignore the weaknesses in someone or something synonym patienceThey begged the audience's indulgence.