pardon

noun
par·​don | \ ˈpär-dᵊn How to pronounce pardon (audio) \

Definition of pardon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty offered a pardon to the draft evader
3a : a release from the legal penalties of an offense
b : an official warrant of remission of penalty a royal pardon later released him from a death sentenceAmerican Guide Series: Maryland
4 : excuse or forgiveness for a fault, offense, or discourtesy I beg your pardon She asked my pardon for taking up so much of my time.

pardon

verb
pardoned; pardoning\ ˈpärd-​niŋ How to pronounce pardon (audio) , ˈpär-​dᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of pardon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to absolve from the consequences of a fault or crime
b : to allow (an offense) to pass without punishment : forgive
c : to relieve of a penalty improperly assessed
2 : tolerate

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pardon

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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 interruption excused 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 criminal forgive implies that one gives up all claim to requital and to resentment or vengeful feelings. could not forgive their rudeness

Examples of pardon in a Sentence

Noun The governor granted him a pardon. He asked my pardon for taking so much of my time. Verb he eventually pardoned his sister for interfering in his marriage I'm willing to pardon a little sloppiness of dress in such a kind and loving person.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Years after the conviction, Howard’s attorneys tested rape kits related to the case and uncovered new evidence, according to Cooper’s pardon. Washington Post, "National Digest: GOP lawmakers accuse Biden administration of tampering with census numbers," 30 Apr. 2021 The letter was drafted after Greenberg asked Roger Stone, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, for help obtaining a pardon during the final months of Trump's term, the outlet reported. Paul Leblanc, CNN, "The Daily Beast: Gaetz associate wrote in letter that congressman paid for sex with minor," 30 Apr. 2021 But business lobbying groups this week have petitioned South Korean President Moon Jae-in to issue a pardon to Lee Jae-yong. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung’s Lee Family to Offload Picassos, Monets as It Settles More Than $10 Billion Tax Bill," 28 Apr. 2021 The pardon request was first made public Monday by a reporter with The Marshall Project. Fox News, "George Floyd 2004 Texas case: Posthumous pardon request submitted for drug arrest," 27 Apr. 2021 The pardon application was made public Monday by a reporter with The Marshall Project. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Posthumous pardon request submitted for George Floyd arrest by ex-Houston police officer in 2004," 27 Apr. 2021 This pardon is not sought based on merit or worthiness. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Legal group requests pardon for George Floyd related to 2004 drug offense," 26 Apr. 2021 Cheney later praised Trump for having issued a pardon to her father’s former chief of staff, Scooter Libby. New York Times, "Liz Cheney vs. MAGA," 22 Apr. 2021 Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison voted last year to grant Shefa a pardon, but Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea dissented. Star Tribune, "Judge: Minnesota's unanimous pardon board requirement unconstitutional," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb None of the communities around Birmingham have announced plans to pardon misdemeanor marijuana offenders. al, "Is marijuana legal in Birmingham now? Not at all, say city leaders," 23 Apr. 2021 In 2013, the Alabama Legislature voted unanimously to pave the way for the state parole board to pardon the Scottsboro defendants and for the governor to exonerate them. Katharine Q. Seelye New York Times, Star Tribune, "Sheila Washington, catalyst for exonerating the Scottsboro Boys, dies at 61," 27 Feb. 2021 In 2013, the Alabama Legislature voted unanimously to pave the way for the state parole board to pardon the Scottsboro defendants and for the governor to exonerate them. BostonGlobe.com, "Sheila Washington dies at 61; helped exonerate Scottsboro Boys," 27 Feb. 2021 And Lee, along with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., successfully pushed former President Donald Trump to pardon Angelos. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, "New marijuana legalization effort focuses on Republicans, including Utah’s Mike Lee," 9 Apr. 2021 Advocacy groups successfully rallied for the creation of memorials, and the German Bundestag finally voted to pardon and compensate the victims of Paragraph 175 in 2017. Andrea Carlo, Time, "Why It Took Decades for LGBTQ Stories to Be Included in Holocaust History," 7 Apr. 2021 Where courts fail, prisoners often seek the mercy of governors, who have the power to commute a criminal sentence or pardon a conviction. NBC News, "Is Temujin Kensu a 'ninja killer' or wrongfully convicted man?," 21 Mar. 2021 In 2013, the Alabama Legislature voted unanimously to pave the way for the state parole board to pardon the Scottsboro defendants and for the governor to exonerate them. Katharine Q. Seelye New York Times, Star Tribune, "Sheila Washington, catalyst for exonerating the Scottsboro Boys, dies at 61," 27 Feb. 2021 In 2013, the Alabama Legislature voted unanimously to pave the way for the state parole board to pardon the Scottsboro defendants and for the governor to exonerate them. BostonGlobe.com, "Sheila Washington dies at 61; helped exonerate Scottsboro Boys," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of pardon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pardon

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French pardun, pardoun, from parduner

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French parduner, from Late Latin perdonare to grant freely, from Latin per- thoroughly + donare to give — more at parboil, donation

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The first known use of pardon was in the 14th century

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7 May 2021

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“Pardon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pardon. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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pardon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pardon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of officially saying that someone who was judged to be guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished
formal : forgiveness for something

pardon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pardon (Entry 2 of 2)

: to officially say that someone who is guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished
: to say that someone should not be blamed for thinking, doing, or saying something
: to officially say that a person, country, etc., does not have to pay (a debt)

pardon

noun
par·​don | \ ˈpär-dᵊn How to pronounce pardon (audio) \

Kids Definition of pardon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : forgiveness for wrong or rude behavior
2 : the act of freeing from legal punishment

pardon

verb
pardoned; pardoning

Kids Definition of pardon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to free from penalty for a fault or crime The prisoner was eventually pardoned.
2 : to allow (a wrong act) to pass without punishment : forgive

pardon

noun
par·​don

Legal Definition of pardon

1 : a release from the legal penalties of an offense
2 : an official warrant of remission of penalty as an act of clemency — compare commute
3 : excuse or forgiveness for a fault or offense

Other Words from pardon

pardon transitive verb

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