Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “indulgence”

See all translations

indulgence

noun uk   /ɪnˈdʌl.dʒəns/ us  
[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.
See also
[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.
(Definition of indulgence from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of indulgence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “indulgence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More