An indulgence is doing something that you enjoy even if it has negative consequences. Buying yourself something that you don't need, be it a cookie, video game, or diamond necklace, is an indulgence.

If you allow yourself to eat more chocolate cake or watch more TV than is really good for you, those are your little indulgences. If you spend your life savings on a trip to Tahiti, that’s a huge indulgence. If someone says to you, "Grant me this indulgence," prepare for a long-winded story that tries to convince you of something. Long, long ago the Catholic Church sold something called "indulgences": pardons for sins.

Definitions of indulgence
  1. noun
    the act of indulging or gratifying a desire
    synonyms: humoring, indulging, pampering
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    decadence, intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
    excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence
    excess, overindulgence
    excessive indulgence
    binge, orgy, splurge
    any act of immoderate indulgence
    fling, spree
    a brief indulgence of your impulses
    dissipation, dissolution, licentiousness, looseness, profligacy
    dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    a bout of drinking or drug taking
    type of:
    the act or an instance of satisfying
  2. noun
    an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires
    synonyms: self-indulgence
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    something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity
    something that provides value, pleasure, or convenience
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    indiscipline, undiscipline
    the trait of lacking discipline
  3. noun
    a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
    “too much indulgence spoils a child”
    synonyms: lenience, leniency
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    a disposition to be lenient in judging others
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    permissiveness, tolerance
    a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
  4. noun
    foolish or senseless behavior
    synonyms: craziness, folly, foolery, lunacy, tomfoolery
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    meshugaas, mishegaas, mishegoss
    (Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
    buffoonery, clowning, frivolity, harlequinade, japery, prank
    acting like a clown or buffoon
    schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
    (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning
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    caper, frolic, gambol, play, romp
    gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  5. noun
    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”
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    absolution, remission, remission of sin, remittal
    the act of absolving or remitting; formal redemption as pronounced by a priest in the sacrament of penance
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