- forgiveness, Forgiveness for an offence.
- 1748: Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
- :a step, that could not be taken with the least hope of ever obtaining from or reconciliation with any of my friends;
- An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed.
- 1974: President Gerald Ford, Proclamation 4311
- :I... have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States ...
- (transitive) To forgive.
- 1599: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
- :O, me, thou bleeding piece of earth, / That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
- 1815: Jane Austen, Emma
- :I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more than may be pardoned, in consideration of the motive.
- (context, transitive, law) To grant an official pardon for a crime.
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