What is the difference between Indulgence and Sober?

The difference between indulgence and sober

is that "indulgence" is the act of indulging and "sober" is not drunk; not intoxicated.




  • the act of indulging
  • tolerance
  • catering to someone’s every desire
  • something in which someone indulges
  • An indulgent act; favour granted; gratification.
  • (Roman Catholicism) A pardon or release from the expectation of punishment in purgatory, after the sinner has been granted absolution.

Related terms

  • indulge
  • indulgent


  • will all they that either through indulgence to others or fondness to any sin in themselves, substitute for repentance any thing that is less than a sincere, uniform resolution of new obedience
  • As indulgence in several wives depended mainly on the length of a man’s purse, the poor naturally contented themselves with monogamy.
  • If all these gracious indulgences are without any effect on us, we must perish in our own folly.
  • To understand how indulgences were intended to work depends on linking together a number of assumptions about sin and the afterlife, each of which individually makes considerable sense.


  • (transitive, Roman Catholic Church) to provide with an indulgence


  • not drunk; not intoxicated
  • not given to excessive drinking of alcohol
  • moderate; realistic; serious; not playful; not passionate; cool; self-controlled
  • dull; not bright or colorful
  • subdued; solemn; grave
  • (Scotland) poor; feeble


  • sober
  • serious
  • moderate


  • (not drunk): drunk


  • No sober man would put himself into danger for the applause of escaping without breaking his neck.
  • Which is the finest and soberest state possible.
  • God help me to watch and to be sober.
  • Twilight grey / Had in her sober livery all things clad.
  • What parts gay France from sober Spain? A little rising rocky chain.
  • See her sober over a sampler, or gay over a jointed baby.


  • (often with up) To make or become sober.
  • (often with up) To overcome or lose a state of intoxication.
  • To moderate one’s feelings


  • There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, / And drinking largely sobers us again.
  • It took him hours to sober up.