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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)
Indulgences Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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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 technically is a remission of the temporal punishment inflicted by the Church for a previously forgiven sin. An indulgence thus does not forgive the guilt of sin nor releases from the eternal punishment which Church doctrine associates to unforgiven mortal sins. It is not a permit to commit sin, a pardon of future sin, nor a guarantee of salvation for oneself or for another. Ordinarily, forgiveness of mortal sins is obtained through Confession (i.e., penance or reconciliation).

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