for·​give·​ness | \ fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio) , fȯr- \

Definition of forgiveness

: the act of forgiving I ask for your forgiveness.

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Examples of forgiveness in a Sentence

She treats us with kindness and forgiveness. they asked her forgiveness for failing to invite her to the party
Recent Examples on the Web Jewish leaders will see whether months of frantic pandemic planning succeeded in creating meaningful worship during this sacred time of year, when Jews typically gather by the hundreds to repent for sins and ask God for forgiveness. Lois K. Solomon,, "The latest challenge in Jewish history: COVID-19 Rosh Hashanah," 17 Sep. 2020 Duch has several times asked for forgiveness, even offering at one point to face a public stoning. Jerry Harmer, Fox News, "Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, guilty of war crimes, dies at 77," 4 Sep. 2020 The report recommended that Treasury and SBA tighten internal controls for loan forgiveness, expand oversight of borrowers and cooperate with congressional investigators and internal watchdogs. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Mnuchin testifies after House report finds "high risk" of fraud or abuse with thousands of PPP loans," 1 Sep. 2020 An emotional Androsac apologized to the Wiants and asked for their forgiveness. Sheridan Hendrix, The Enquirer, "Former OU Sigma Pi members plead guilty to multiple charges in death of pledge Collin Wiant," 26 Aug. 2020 The temporary student loan forbearance will not count against borrowers for student loan forgiveness. Giana Han, al, "Student loan relief extended through 2020 for federal borrowers," 25 Aug. 2020 Sam is predictably angry during the conversation, then cries, begging for our forgiveness and understanding. Sarah Evans, Longreads, "Addiction’s Seismic Effects on a Family," 10 Aug. 2020 That’s why Congress mandated that businesses use the money within eight weeks or forfeit the chance for loan forgiveness. Joyce M. Rosenberg,, "The Paycheck Protection Program ends Saturday, and many small businesses are ‘looking for a Round Two’," 7 Aug. 2020 The Small Business Administration issued a caveat alongside the data which noted that businesses on the list may ultimately not be deemed eligible for loan forgiveness. Washington Post, "Small business program scrutinized for loans to big firms," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of forgiveness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forgiveness was before the 12th century

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22 Sep 2020

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“Forgiveness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of forgiveness

: the act of forgiving someone or something
: the attitude of someone who is willing to forgive other people


for·​give·​ness | \ fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio) \

Kids Definition of forgiveness

: the act of ending anger at She asked for his forgiveness.

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