Pardon

Definition of Pardon

Par´don   Pronunciation: pär´d'nd
n.1.The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.
Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings.
- Shak.
But infinite in pardon was my judge.
- Milton.
2.An official warrant of remission of penalty.
Sign me a present pardon for my brother.
- Shak.
3.The state of being forgiven.
4.(Law) A release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amnesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses.
v. t.1.To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; - applied to the offender.
[imp. & p. p. Pardoned (pär"d'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Pardoning.]
In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant.
- 2 Kings v. 18.
I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardon me.
- Shak.
2.To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; - applied to offenses.
I pray thee, pardon my sin.
- 1 Sam. xv. 25.
3.To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.
- Shak.
4.To give leave (of departure) to.
Even now about it! I will pardon you.
- Shak.
Pardon me
forgive me; excuse me; - a phrase used also to express courteous denial or contradiction, or to request forgiveness for a mild transgression, such as bumping a person while passing.

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