Meaning of “indulgence” in the English Dictionary


"indulgence" in English

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uk /ɪnˈdʌl.dʒəns/ 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.

(Definition of “indulgence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"indulgence" in American English

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indulgencenoun [ C/U ]

us /ɪnˈdʌl·dʒəns/

the attitude of allowing yourself or someone else to have something enjoyable, or the act of having something enjoyable:

[ U ] Heavy indulgence in fatty foods should be avoided.
[ C ] I do not much like self-quotation, but I shall ask your indulgence.

(Definition of “indulgence” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)