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 ?
Miss Van Tromp,' he continued, 'once I was in great distress, and knew nothing of you or your character; but I believe you will pardon a few rough words to an old man who asks forgiveness from his heart.
For the sake of Heaven, sire, grant me his forgiveness.
They passed some months in great happiness at Dawlish; for she had many relations and old acquaintances to cut--and he drew several plans for magnificent cottages;-- and from thence returning to town, procured the forgiveness of Mrs.
It is Polyneices who has come to crave his father's forgiveness and blessing, knowing by an oracle that victory will fall to the side that Oedipus espouses.
We all profess the Christian law of forgiveness of injuries and love of our neighbors, the law in honor of which we have built in Moscow forty times forty churches- but yesterday a deserter was knouted to death and a minister of that same law of love and forgiveness, a priest, gave the soldier a cross to kiss before his execution.
Forgiveness of this kind we give and demand in turn.
Forgiveness stole into her heart, and she knew relief until the thought came that in the truest, highest love forgiveness should have no place.
And so, with a mighty show of humility and forgiveness, she folded her hands, and looked round again, with a smile which plainly said, 'If you desire to see the first and foremost among female martyrs, here she is, on view
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.
Yes; here it is, and my forgiveness with it: only, SIN NO MORE.
Before he died he asked his wife's forgiveness and forgave her for the cooper.
Thus speaketh all great love: it surpasseth even forgiveness and pity.