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indulgence

noun uk   us   /ɪnˈdʌl.dʒəns/
[C or U] an occasion when you allow someone or yourself to have something enjoyable, especially more than is good for you: Chocolate is my only indulgence. All the pleasures and indulgences of the weekend are over, and I must get down to some serious hard work. His health suffered from over-indulgence in (= too much) rich food and drink.
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[U] an occasion when you allow or do not mind someone's failure or bad behaviour: My inability to do needlework was treated with surprising indulgence by my teacher.
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