for·​give·​ness fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio)
: the act of forgiving
I ask for your forgiveness.

Example Sentences

She treats us with kindness and forgiveness. they asked her forgiveness for failing to invite her to the party
Recent Examples on the Web What’s also frustrating, Stifter says, is that there’s no central information hub to go to find out the status of the forgiveness efforts. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 The Biden administration also has appealed a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that blocked mass debt forgiveness after two borrowers, backed by a conservative group, sued over its eligibility requirements. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 The administration asserted that the law allows loan forgiveness for Americans dealing with financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 The film is filled with contrasts, Norway and India, life and death, hate and forgiveness, love and fear. Rafa Sales Ross, Variety, 18 Nov. 2022 But this massive loan forgiveness initiative is also an example of the crass political opportunism that inevitably follows from the accumulation of government power. Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2022 In a letter that landed in the hands of TMZ, Rose confessed again to gambling on baseball while seeking forgiveness for his transgressions. Michael Silverman,, 17 Nov. 2022 Danger threatens Gamache’s home, friends, and family, but thankfully, Penny’s gift for intelligent and transcendent storytelling delivers light, bringing themes of forgiveness and redemption to society’s darker moments. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2022 In October, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put the forgiveness plan on pause, after six states — Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, and South Carolina — filed a lawsuit to block the program. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Forgiveness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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for·​give·​ness fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio)
: the act of forgiving : pardon

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