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I came across Australia's Turnbull "Statement on Indulgence - Terror attacks around the world" from November 2015. It begins with this sentence:

I seek the indulgence of the House to make a statement on the recent terrorist attacks around the world.

In this context, what does "seek the indulgence" mean?

Thank you.
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s an old-fashioned and very formal way of politely asking people to listen to you! To seek someone’s indulgence is to ask them to “bear with you”, have enough patience to listen to what you have to say.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's a very formal, and somewhat archaic way of saying 'I ask the permission of the House . . . '

    It's the sort of language that only really exists in the conventions of long-established organisations and parliaments etc.
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