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noun par·don \ˈpär-dən\

Simple Definition of pardon

  • : an act of officially saying that someone who was judged to be guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished

  • : forgiveness for something

Full Definition of pardon

  1. 1 :  indulgence 1

  2. 2 :  the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty

  3. 3 a :  a release from the legal penalties of an offense b :  an official warrant of remission of penalty

  4. 4 :  excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy <I beg your pardon>

Examples of pardon

  1. The governor granted him a pardon.

  2. He asked my pardon for taking so much of my time.

Origin of pardon

Middle English, from Anglo-French pardun, pardoun, from parduner

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with pardon



verb par·don

Simple Definition of pardon

  • : to officially say that someone who is guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished

  • : to say that someone should not be blamed for thinking, doing, or saying something

  • : to officially say that a person, country, etc., does not have to pay (a debt)

Full Definition of pardon

par·donedpar·don·ing play \ˈpärd-niŋ, ˈpär-dən-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to absolve from the consequences of a fault or crime b :  to allow (an offense) to pass without punishment :  forgive c :  to relieve of a penalty improperly assessed

  3. 2 :  tolerate

Examples of pardon

  1. <he eventually pardoned his sister for interfering in his marriage>

  2. <I'm willing to pardon a little sloppiness of dress in such a kind and loving person.>

Origin of pardon

Middle English, from Anglo-French parduner, from Late Latin perdonare to grant freely, from Latin per- thoroughly + donare to give — more at parboil, donation

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of pardon

excuse, condone, pardon, forgive mean to exact neither punishment nor redress. excuse may refer to specific acts especially in social or conventional situations or the person responsible for these <excuse an interruption> <excused them for interrupting>. Often the term implies extenuating circumstances <injustice excuses strong responses>. condone implies that one overlooks without censure behavior (as dishonesty or violence) that involves a serious breach of a moral, ethical, or legal code, and the term may refer to the behavior or to the agent responsible for it <a society that condones alcohol but not narcotics>. pardon implies that one remits a penalty due for an admitted or established offense <pardon a criminal>. forgive implies that one gives up all claim to requital and to resentment or vengeful feelings <could not forgive their rudeness>.

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