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

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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 After six years behind bars, Liberty had tried to not get his hopes up about a pardon. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "After pardon, Blackwater guard defiant: ‘I acted correctly’," 3 Jan. 2021 After six years behind bars, Liberty had tried to not get his hopes up about a pardon. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "After pardon, Blackwater guard defiant: ‘I acted correctly’," 3 Jan. 2021 After six years behind bars, Liberty had tried to not get his hopes up about a pardon. Eric Tucker, ajc, "After pardon, Blackwater guard defiant: ‘I acted correctly’," 2 Jan. 2021 The third principal argument Snowden’s pardon advocates make is that Snowden is a man of the people who stood up to the deep state. Rebeccah Heinrichs, Washington Examiner, "Snowden's no hero," 31 Dec. 2020 The White House statement said the pardon’s supporters included Ruddy. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "At Trump golf club in West Palm Beach, Roger Stone thanks president for pardon," 28 Dec. 2020 An attorney helping Joe Exotic asked a federal judge on Dec. 16 to order the U.S. Justice Department to forward his pardon request to Trump for consideration. al, "Tiger King Joe Exotic still pushing for Trump pardon," 28 Dec. 2020 The pardon came after Ms. Johnson publicly praised the president and spoke at the Republican National Convention. New York Times, "Outside Trump’s Inner Circle, Odds Are Long for Getting Clemency," 28 Dec. 2020 The White House announced Benton's pardon Wednesday. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Donald Trump pardons ex-campaign manager for Sens. Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell," 25 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Trump does not pardon Assange, President-elect Joe Biden’s Justice Department is lined up to determine how to proceed. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "British judge rejects US extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange," 4 Jan. 2021 That said, there's speculation Trump will pardon himself. Debra Hale-shelton, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DEBRA HALE-SHELTON: A letter of love from daughter to dad," 4 Jan. 2021 The question of self-pardons may remain a subject for late-night debates until a sitting president attempts to pardon himself. Donna Engle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Legal Matters: Presidential self-pardon, revisited," 26 Dec. 2020 Trump's decision to pardon four Blackwater private security contractors convicted of a massacre in Baghdad enraged the victims' families in Iraq. NBC News, "Christmas comes early for Trump allies with more pardons," 24 Dec. 2020 President Donald Trump is flexing his veto and pardon powers. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "The president's flexing his Trump cards," 23 Dec. 2020 The pardons are an annual rite for Texas governors who typically pardon people convicted of relatively minor offenses in the past. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Gov. Greg Abbott pardons seven Texans ahead of Christmas," 23 Dec. 2020 Democrats said the president’s decision to pardon Mr. Flynn amounted to corruption and abuse of power. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Issues 15 Pardons and Five Commutations," 23 Dec. 2020 Trump reportedly intends to pardon more people caught up in the investigation before his presidency comes to a close. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Surprise: Donald Trump Is Using His Pardons On Child-Killers & Sleazy Republicans," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pardon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pardon. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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pardon

noun
How to pronounce pardon (audio)

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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