Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Virtues: Indulgence



[in-duhl-juh nt]

1. characterized by or showing indulgence; benignly lenient or permissive:


forbearing, easygoing, tolerant.


1. the act of indulging or state of being indulgent
2. a pleasure, habit, etc, indulged in; extravagance: fur coats are an indulgence
3. liberal or tolerant treatment

Word Origin and History for indulgence


mid-14c., "freeing from temporal punishment for sin," from Old French indulgence or directly from Latin indulgentia "complaisance, fondness, remission," from indulgentem (nominative indulgens) "indulgent, kind, tender, fond," present participle of indulgere "be kind, yield," of unknown origin; perhaps from in- "in" + derivative of PIE root *dlegh- "to engage oneself."

Sense of "gratification of another's desire or humor" is attested from late 14c. That of "yielding to one's inclinations" (technically self-indulgence) is from 1640s. In British history, Indulgence also refers to grants of certain liberties to Nonconformists under Charles II and James II, as special favors rather than legal rights; specifically the Declarations of Indulgence of 1672, 1687, and 1688 in England and 1669, 1672, and 1687 in Scotland.

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