the habit of allowing yourself to do or have whatever you want, or allowing someone else to do or have whatever they want
➔ self-indulgenceat self-indulgent
something that you do or have for pleasure, not because you need it:
An occasional glass of wine was his only indulgence.
3 [uncountable] formal
willingness to ignore someone's faults or weaknesses:
a spirit of indulgence and forgiveness
a promise of freedom from punishment by God, sold by priests in the Middle Ages