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pardon

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release from the guilt or penalty of an offense

  • the criminal is hoping for a presidential pardon
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pardon

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1 to cease to have feelings of anger or bitterness toward

  • he eventually pardoned his sister after she apologized
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2 to dismiss as of little importance

  • Iʼm willing to pardon a little sloppiness of dress in such a kind and loving person
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close one's eyes to, forgive and forget

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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


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