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 interruptionexcused them for interrupting
Often the term implies extenuating circumstances.
injustice excuses strong responses condone implies that one overlooks without censure behavior (such 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 criminalforgive implies that one gives up all claim to requital and to resentment or vengeful feelings.
could not forgive their rudeness
Did you know?
Since some folks don't condone even minor usage slips, you might want to get the meaning of this word straight. Although English speakers sometimes use condone with the intended meaning "approve of" or "encourage," the more established meaning is closer to "pardon" or "overlook." Condone comes from the Latin verb condonare, which means "to absolve." Condonare in turn combines the Latin prefix con-, indicating thoroughness, and donare, meaning "to give" or "to grant." Not surprisingly, donare is also the source of our words donate and pardon.
Examples of condone in a Sentence
"I don't condone violence, and I think 'gangsta rap' should be outlawed," says [designer Tommy] Hilfiger …— Joshua Levine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 1997Without waiting for Momma's thanks, he rode out of the yard, sure that things were as they should be and that he was a gentle squire, saving those deserving serfs from the laws of the land, which he condoned.— Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969And then she told him all—told him the truth word by word, without attempting to shield herself or condone her error.— Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, 1912
a government that has been accused of condoning racism
he is too quick to condone his friend's faults
Recent Examples on the WebContinuing not to return calls is a perfectly reasonable way to show your unwillingness to condone their unlawful behavior.
Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 For many years, Netflix and others streamers didn’t seem bothered by password sharing — and even seemed to condone it.
Wendy Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Miss Manners does not generally condone making suggestions of how others can honor oneself.
Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 This was a step further than the Academy's statement just after Sunday night's show, which said the organization does not condone violence.
Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 While some do and generally they’re not penalized, the church doesn’t officially condone it.
Jesse Wright, Chicago Tribune, 1 July 2022 The Court correctly identified the restrictions as efforts to stall or change a woman’s decision to end her pregnancy—in other words, as efforts to protect fetal life, which Roe did not condone before viability.
Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 25 June 2022 On the flip side, Almeida does not condone players or parents berating referees.
Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 June 2022 And to be clear, most don't condone it on the left or right.
Anthony Salvanto, Kabir Khanna, CBS News, 2 Jan. 2022 See More
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