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 for indulgence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indulgence \In*dul"gence\, n. [L. indulgentia: cf. F.
     indulgence.]
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     1. The act of indulging or humoring; the quality of being
        indulgent; forbearance of restrain or control.
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              If I were a judge, that word indulgence should never
              issue from my lips.                   --Tooke.
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              They err, that through indulgence to others, or
              fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for
              repentance anything less.             --Hammond.
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     2. An indulgent act; favor granted; gratification.
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              If all these gracious indulgences are without any
              effect on us, we must perish in our own folly.
                                                    --Rogers.
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     3. (R. C. Ch.) Remission of the temporal punishment due to
        sins, after the guilt of sin has been remitted by sincere
        repentance; absolution from the censures and public
        penances of the church. It is a payment of the debt of
        justice to God by the application of the merits of Christ
        and his saints to the contrite soul through the church. It
        is therefore believed to diminish or destroy for sins the
        punishment of purgatory.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indulgence \In*dul"gence\, v. t.
     To grant an indulgence to.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  indulgence
      n 1: an inability to resist the gratification of whims and
           desires [syn: indulgence, self-indulgence]
      2: a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone; "too much
         indulgence spoils a child" [syn: indulgence, lenience,
         leniency]
      3: the act of indulging or gratifying a desire [syn:
         indulgence, indulging, pampering, humoring]
      4: foolish or senseless behavior [syn: folly, foolery,
         tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy, indulgence]
      5: the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in
         purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution;
         "in the Middle Ages the unrestricted sale of indulgences by
         pardoners became a widespread abuse"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  120 Moby Thesaurus words for "indulgence":
     acceptance, accommodatingness, agreeableness, allowance,
     attentiveness, benevolence, blank check, carte blanche,
     charitableness, charity, coddling, complaisance, concern,
     condonation, connivance, considerateness, consideration, copyright,
     cosseting, crapulence, crapulency, crapulousness, delicacy,
     dispensation, disregard, drunkenness, easiness, endurance, excess,
     excessiveness, extravagance, favor, favoring, forbearance,
     forbearing, forbearingness, forgiveness, forgivingness, fortitude,
     franchise, freedom, generousness, gluttony, grant, gratification,
     heedfulness, helpfulness, humoring, immoderacy, immoderateness,
     immoderation, immunity, incontinence, indiscipline, inordinacy,
     inordinateness, intemperance, intemperateness, kindness, lenience,
     leniency, lenity, liberty, license, long-sufferance,
     long-suffering, longanimity, luxury, magnanimity, mindfulness,
     mollycoddling, obliging, obligingness, overdoing, overindulgence,
     overlooking, overpermissiveness, pampering, patent, patience,
     patience of Job, patientness, permissiveness, perseverance,
     pleasing, privilege, prodigality, profligacy, regard,
     regardfulness, self-control, self-gratification, self-indulgence,
     self-satisfaction, solicitousness, solicitude, special favor,
     spoiling, stoicism, sufferance, sweet reasonableness, swinishness,
     tact, tactfulness, thought, thoughtfulness, tolerance, toleration,
     too much, too-muchness, treat, unconstraint, uncontrol,
     understanding, unrestraint, unrevengefulness, waiting game,
     waiting it out, warrant, winking
  
  

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