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 pardoning (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

absolution, amnesty, forgiveness, remission, remittal

Synonyms: Verb

forgive

Antonyms: Noun

penalty, punishment, retribution

Antonyms: Verb

resent

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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

Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown, issued 273 pardons in his final year in office, with at least 19 going to people who faced or feared deportation. Los Angeles Times, "She faces deportation after shooting her husband. Now Gov. Newsom could pardon her," 23 Aug. 2019 Since 2015, the 12-member panel has issued 2,000 pardons. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Is the Trump administration singling out Connecticut? Federal immigration authorities refuse to recognize state’s criminal pardons," 23 July 2019 Britain granted pardons to thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of offenses related to their sexuality. Karla Adam, The Denver Post, "Alan Turing, World War II codebreaker castrated for being gay, revealed as new face of British 50-pound note," 15 July 2019 Britain granted pardons to thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of offenses related to their sexuality. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Alan Turing, a founding father of computer science, revealed as new face of British 50-pound note," 15 July 2019 Citing privilege, Lewandowski later refused to say whether Mr. Trump had offered him a pardon. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Lewandowski sidesteps questions about Mueller report at House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing," 17 Sep. 2019 According to Sunday’s pardon, life terms would replace death sentences, a 20-year-long sentence at hard labor would replace life sentences at hard labor, and a 20-year sentence would replace long-life sentences. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World, Sept. 16," 15 Sep. 2019 And given the vanishingly narrow margin between Jimmy Carter and Ford — Carter won 50 percent to Ford’s 48 percent — the pardon may have made the difference. Jay Cost, National Review, "In Praise of Gerald Ford," 9 Sep. 2019 Why do some people think turkey pardons should end? Tiffany Blackstone, Good Housekeeping, "So, What's the History Behind the Annual Turkey Pardon?," 4 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hunted down by the FBI, he was captured, sentenced to 55 years in prison, and, in 1999, pardoned by President Clinton. BostonGlobe.com, "Newburyport Documentary Film Festival," 12 Sep. 2019 The turkeys pardoned by Obama in 2013, '14, and '15, went to Morven Park, the historic estate of former Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis in Leesburg. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "A History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon," 26 Aug. 2019 In 2017, he was convicted of criminal contempt of court and then pardoned by President Donald Trump. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 In 2017, he was convicted of criminal contempt of court and then pardoned by President Donald Trump. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Joe Arpaio 2020 billboards pop up, but is he actually running?," 14 July 2019 Angry over the possibility that Manafort may be pardoned by President Trump, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., charged Manafort with additional crimes based on state law. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Leftism Makes People Meaner," 11 June 2019 He was arrested the following year on suspicion of involvement in a coup attempt, but was later pardoned by al-Bashir, who appointed him intelligence chief in February 2018. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup," 13 Apr. 2019 Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County sheriff famous for mistreating Latino prisoners, and for being pardoned by Trump, makes an early appearance, in 1969, alongside one of the Watergate plumbers. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 Mar. 2019 The turkeys were named and pardoned by President Trump during a ceremony at the White House ahead of Thanksgiving. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "2018, explained in pictures by women and non-binary photographers," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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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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