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indulgence

noun
     
Related topics: Christianity
in‧dul‧gence
1 [uncountable] the habit of allowing yourself to do or have whatever you want, or allowing someone else to do or have whatever they want

➔ self-indulgence

at self-indulgent
2 [countable] 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
4 [countable]RRC a promise of freedom from punishment by God, sold by priests in the Middle Ages

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