forgiveness

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for forgiveness

Synonyms

absolution, amnesty, pardon, remission, remittal

Antonyms

penalty, punishment, retribution

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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

Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness. David Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Where pot is now legal, those punished in the past seek forgiveness," 22 June 2018 Now, as the state moves to legalize weed beyond medical use, those punished in the past for marijuana misdemeanors are seeking forgiveness. Washington Post, "Where pot is now legal, no-longer-criminals seek forgiveness," 22 June 2018 With these two heavy hitters on the bench, your sense of control and structure around money loosens its belt, allowing for forgiveness. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Facebook would rather ask for forgiveness than permission Facebook’s behavior over the years has exhibited a specific pattern of doing the less-than-ideal thing in the moment and then apologizing for it later. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook won’t fix itself," 15 Nov. 2018 In it, Gabbana and Domenico Dolce ask for forgiveness from the Chinese people for their behavior. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About Dolce & Gabbana's Canceled Shanghai Fashion Show," 26 Nov. 2018 Eden gets on her knees and recites Bible verses asking forgiveness. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Significant Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 10 'The Last Ceremony'," 20 June 2018 After a few more years, Rev. Campbell was attending a service there when another protestor walked into the church and tearfully asked forgiveness. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ties to Cleveland still strong 50 years after death," 4 Apr. 2018 And on the day after Nyepi, businesses reopen as people emerge from their homes en masse to visit relatives and ask forgiveness for past deeds, refreshed after a day away from their jobs, phones, and the general flurry of daily life. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Bali Will Go Dark on Saturday," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of forgiveness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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forgiveness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forgiveness

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

forgiveness

noun
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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