Definition of indult in English:

indult

noun

  • (in the Roman Catholic Church) a license granted by the Pope authorizing an act that the common law of the Church does not sanction.

    • ‘There has been much talk about an impending ‘general indult’ allowing priests worldwide to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.’
    • ‘In 1487, eager to appease France, Pope Innocent VIII granted James III an ‘indult’, giving him the right to prefer to Scottish livings and higher Church posts.’
    • ‘This is a concrete gesture in the Pope's own diocese, which reinforces what the Holy Father called for in the 1984 indult and in his 1988 letter Ecclesia Dei Adflicta.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from French, from late Latin indultum grant, concession neuter past participle of Latin indulgere indulge.

Pronunciation

indult

/inˈdəlt/