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
The governor granted him a pardon.
He asked my pardon for taking so much of my time. Verb
he eventually pardoned his sister after she apologized
I'm willing to pardon a little sloppiness of dress in such a kind and loving person.
Recent Examples on the Web
History of poultry pardons The origin of the presidential turkey pardons is a bit fuzzy.—Molly Nagle, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2023 The staffer's lawsuit also alleges Giuliani was selling presidential pardons for $2 million.—Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 In 2006, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine gave an informal pardon to Grace Sherwood, a widowed midwife who was blamed by neighbors for ruining crops, killing livestock and creating storms and subsequently accused of being a witch.—CBS News, 31 Oct. 2023 Meanwhile, Burkhart received a pardon from Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon in 1965, despite protests from the Osage.—Shannon Toll, The Conversation, 23 Oct. 2023 If Biden or Harris had continued the PPP program or issued more pardons to renowned federal prisoners, they’d be celebrated the same way by the same people.—Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2023 The Ted star would publicly apologize for his actions in 2006 and later seek a pardon for his convictions in 2014.—Colin Scanlon, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 Trump’s pardon resulted in Black getting freed from prison after serving a year for falsifying information on federal forms to buy four guns from a Miami firearms shop.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 25 Oct. 2023 Trump’s pardons of Kodak Black and Lil Wayne also won him figurative points in certain communities.—Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 9 Oct. 2023
Stateside, Jennifer Lawrence steps out as a Dior ambassador and Joe Biden pardons a lucky turkey at the White House.—Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 The turkeys are set to be pardoned by Biden on Monday, as is an annual tradition by the White House ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.—Asher Notheis, Washington Examiner, 19 Nov. 2023 In addition to this sort of gaslighting (pardon the pun), Trump also exploits xenophobic fears about E.V.s.—Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Broidy, a major Trump fundraiser and a former finance official with the Republican National Committee, was pardoned by Trump in 2021.—Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2023 Broidy pleaded guilty to illicit lobbying for Chinese and Malaysian interests—prosecutors left his Emirati ties in the background—and then was pardoned by Trump.—David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2023 Anyone with a brain and access to Google could easily prove otherwise, but in the minds of the rock establishment, this pathology has to be upheld, pardon the phrase, by any means necessary.—Laronda Davis, Rolling Stone, 23 Oct. 2023 Ultimately, however, Powell’s legal prowess was not required: Trump pardoned Flynn in November, 2020, rendering the case moot.—Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2023 Ernest was eventually paroled and later pardoned, while Hale was released from prison in 1947 despite having been sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder.—Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French pardun, pardoun, from parduner
Middle English, from Anglo-French parduner, from Late Latin perdonare to grant freely, from Latin per- thoroughly + donare to give — more at parboil, donation