noun the act of excusing a mistake or offense
noun a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
noun the formal act of liberating someone
amnesty; free pardon.
verb accept an excuse for
- Please excuse my dirty hands
verb grant a pardon to
- Ford pardoned Nixon
- The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President
F., fr. pardonner
to pardon. See Pardon
, v. t.
- The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.
Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings.
But infinite in pardon was my judge.
Used in expressing courteous denial or contradiction; as, I crave your pardon; or in indicating that one has not understood another; as, I beg pardon.
- An official warrant of remission of penalty.
Sign me a present pardon for my brother.
- The state of being forgiven.
- (Law) A release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amenesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses.
Syn. -- Forgiveness; remission. See Forgiveness.
Par"don transitive verb
Either fr. pardon
, n., or from F. pardonner
, LL. perdonare
; L. per
through, thoroughly, perfectly + donare
to give, to present. See Par-
, and Donation
imperfect & past participle Pardoned ; present participle & verbal noun Pardoning
- To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender.
In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant.
2 Kings v. 18.
I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardom me.
- To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses.
I pray thee, pardon my sin.
1 S. xv. 25.
My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle
- To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
- To give leave (of departure) to. Obs.
Even now about it! I will pardon you.
Syn. -- To forgive; absolve; excuse; overlook; remit; asquit. See Excuse.
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