for·​give·​ness | \ fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio) , fȯr- \

Definition of forgiveness

: the act of forgiving I ask for your forgiveness.

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Examples of forgiveness in a Sentence

She treats us with kindness and forgiveness. they asked her forgiveness for failing to invite her to the party
Recent Examples on the Web When her children visit, Wendy tearfully makes what appears to be a heartfelt plea for forgiveness. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2022 In the interview, Reyes mourned for his students and begged their families and parents for forgiveness. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 8 June 2022 The record melds their rock sound with sharp synths and a plea for forgiveness. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2022 Notably, students who have not applied for forgiveness will see their loans forgiven. Edward Conroy, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Reforms to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness that will help hundreds of thousands of individuals qualify for forgiveness. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 2 June 2022 Even asking borrowers to apply for forgiveness could limit the reach of the policy. Tyler Pager, Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, 27 May 2022 In the wake of the latest mass shooting, politicians need to ask the Almighty for forgiveness and stand up to the gun lobby. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 For public service workers, each nonpayment month has counted toward the 120 payments needed for forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forgiveness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2022

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“Forgiveness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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for·​give·​ness | \ fər-ˈgiv-nəs How to pronounce forgiveness (audio) \

Kids Definition of forgiveness

: the act of ending anger at She asked for his forgiveness.

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