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Definition of Indulgences

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act of giving in to desire; something which gratifies, luxury; leniency, tolerance; humoring, pampering; partial remission of punishment (Roman Catholicism)
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Noun
1. an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
(synonym) self-indulgence
(hypernym) indiscipline, undiscipline
(hyponym) luxury
(derivation) indulge, luxuriate
2. a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone; "too much indulgence spoils a child"
(synonym) lenience, leniency
(hypernym) permissiveness, tolerance
(hyponym) softness
(derivation) gratify, pander, indulge
3. the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
(synonym) indulging, pampering, humoring
(hypernym) gratification
(hyponym) intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
(derivation) indulge
4. foolish or senseless behavior
(synonym) folly, foolery, tomfoolery, craziness, lunacy
(hypernym) play, frolic, romp, gambol, caper
(hyponym) meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss
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"
(hypernym) absolution, remission, remittal, remission of sin
(classification) Roman Catholic, Western Church, Roman Catholic Church, Church of Rome, Roman Church
Indulgences Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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In Catholic theology, an indulgence is a remission of temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven. An indulgence is thus not forgiveness of the guilt of sin nor release from the eternal punishment due to unforgiven mortal sins; nor is it a permit to commit sin, a pardon of future sin, nor a guarantee of salvation for oneself or for another. Ordinarily, forgiveness of grave sins is to be obtained only through the sacrament of Confession (i.e., penance or reconciliation).

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