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"indulgence" in British English

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indulgencenoun

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 ​healthsuffered from over-indulgence in (= too much)richfood and ​drink.
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[U] an ​occasion when you ​allow or do not ​mind someone's ​failure or ​badbehaviour: 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)

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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 ​fattyfoods should be ​avoided. [C] I do not much like self-quotation, but I shall ​askyour indulgence.
(Definition of indulgence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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