indulgence noun

1 having whatever you want

ADJ. excessive | personal, self- guilty of self-indulgence | sexual

PREP. ~ in She allowed herself only a few moments' indulgence in self-pity.

PHRASES a life of indulgence

2 sth you allow yourself

ADJ. expensive, private, small

VERB + INDULGENCE allow yourself As a relief from work she allowed herself a few small indulgences.

3 acceptance of change to the normal way of doing sth

VERB + INDULGENCE ask, beg, request He begged the audience's indulgence to read some passages from his latest book. | grant (law), show (sb) He attacked the indulgence shown to religious dissenters.