forgiveness


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for·give·ness

 (fər-gĭv′nĭs, fôr-)
n.
The act of forgiving; pardon.

forgiveness

(fəˈɡɪvnɪs)
n
1. the act of forgiving or the state of being forgiven
2. willingness to forgive

for•give•ness

(fərˈgɪv nɪs)

n.
1. the act of forgiving or the state of being forgiven; pardon.
2. willingness to forgive.
[before 900]

Forgiveness

 
  1. Forgiving the unrepentant is like drawing pictures in water —Japanese proverb
  2. (God) pardons like a mother who kisses away the repentant tears of her child —Henry Ward Beecher
  3. Forgiving without forgetting is like loving without liking —Anon
  4. Overlooked as a favorite child’s failings —Anon
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forgiveness - compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgiveforgiveness - compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
mercifulness, mercy - the feeling that motivates compassion
2.forgiveness - the act of excusing a mistake or offenseforgiveness - the act of excusing a mistake or offense
benignity, kindness - a kind act
condonation - a pardon by treating the offender as if the offense had not occurred
exculpation - the act of freeing from guilt or blame

forgiveness

noun pardon, mercy, absolution, exoneration, overlooking, amnesty, acquittal, remission, condonation I offered up a prayer for forgiveness.
Quotations
"Resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" [Bible: St. Matthew]
"We read that we ought to forgive our enemies; but we do not read that we ought to forgive our friends" [Cosimo de Medici]
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much" [Oscar Wilde]
"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget" [Thomas Szasz The Second Sin]
"God will forgive me; that is His business" [Heinrich Heine]
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" Bible: St. Luke
"Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus said unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but Until seventy times seven" Bible: St. Matthew

forgiveness

noun
The act or an instance of forgiving:
Translations
تَسامُحصَفْح، غُفْران
odpuštěníochota prominout
tilgivelse
anteeksiantavaisuusanteeksianto
fyrirgefningsáttfÿsi
odpuščanje
affetmeaffetme eğilimibağışlama

forgiveness

[fəˈgɪvnɪs] N (= pardon) → perdón m; (= willingness to forgive) → compasión f

forgiveness

[fərˈgɪvnɪs] npardon m
to beg for forgiveness → implorer le pardon
to ask for forgiveness → demander pardon

forgiveness

n no pl (quality: = willingness to forgive) → Versöhnlichkeit f; to ask/beg (somebody’s) forgiveness(jdn) um Verzeihung or Vergebung (esp Eccl) → bitten; her complete forgiveness of them surprised himes überraschte ihn, dass sie ihnen voll und ganz verzieh; the forgiveness of sins (Eccl) → die Vergebung der Sünden; forgiveness of debtSchuldenerlass m; full of forgivenessversöhnlich

forgiveness

[fəˈgɪvnɪs] n (pardon) → perdono; (willingness to forgive) → clemenza, indulgenza

forgive

(fəˈgiv) past tense forgave (fəˈgeiv) : past participle forˈgiven verb
1. to stop being angry with (someone who has done something wrong). He forgave her for stealing his watch.
2. to stop being angry about (something that someone has done). He forgave her angry words.
forgiveness (fəˈgivnis) noun
1. the act of forgiving. He asked for forgiveness.
2. readiness to forgive. He showed great forgiveness towards them.
forˈgiving adjective
ready to forgive (often). a forgiving person.
References in classic literature ?
Thus far the Judge's countenance had expressed mild forbearance, --grave and almost gentle deprecation of his cousin's unbecoming violence,--free and Christian-like forgiveness of the wrong inflicted by her words.
Peace be with all the world My blessing on my friends My forgiveness to my enemies For I am in the realm of quiet
Certainly they will, in their gentleness, their lowly docility of heart, their aptitude to repose on a superior mind and rest on a higher power, their childlike simplicity of affection, and facility of forgiveness.
But he couldn't get a word of forgiveness out of her.
He cried, he pleaded for forgiveness, promised to reform over and over again, and then received his dismissal, feeling that he had won but an imperfect forgiveness and established but a feeble confidence.
Marianne severely censured herself for what she had said; but her own forgiveness might have been more speedy, had she known how little offence it had given her sister.
Linton's situation, and her ardent desire to see him; with a wish that he would transmit to her, as early as possible, some token of forgiveness by me.
In the meantime, all persons concerned had her full forgiveness, to which she would only beg leave to add her best and kindest wishes for the success of the play.
If it was a light answer," returned Darnay, "I beg your forgiveness for it.
She prayed forgiveness the next moment, and was sorry; but the first was the emotion of her heart.
There have been sore mistakes; and my life has been a blind and thankless one; and I want forgiveness and direction far too much, to be bitter with you.
So I stormed on, threatening to bring her to death, till at length she grew fearful, and fell at my feet praying for mercy and forgiveness.