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.