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forgive

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of forgive

  1. 1 to cease to have feelings of anger or bitterness toward <it is not easy to forgive those who have hurt us> Synonyms pardon Related Words absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate; remit, shrive; condone, disregard, excuse, ignore, pass over, shrug off; discharge, liberate, redeem, release, unburden Near Antonyms abhor, abominate, despise, detest, dislike, execrate, hate, loathe; avenge, redress, requite, retaliate, revenge; discipline, penalize, punish Antonyms resent

  2. 2 to dismiss as of little importance <he has so many good qualities that I guess we can forgive a slight penchant for exaggeration> Synonyms blink (at), brush (aside or off), condone, discount, disregard, excuse, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, overlook, overpass, paper over, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, whitewash, wink (at)Related Words explain, justify, rationalize; absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate; waive, wave (aside or off)Near Antonyms heed, mark, mind, note, object (to)





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