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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She fought back the sudden urge to run to him and beg his forgiveness.
▪ It is a land of immense potential, but it could easily fall to pieces. Debt forgiveness would be a start.
▪ The infamously debased tabloid press loved it, and ended up giving unprecedented coverage to the issue of debt forgiveness.
▪ But it is on the subject of debt forgiveness that Wolfensohn is at his most passionate.
▪ The campaign for debt forgiveness will not bear fruit for another two or three years.
▪ He doesn't think anybody has ever asked him for forgiveness either.
▪ The only way Keenan could have avoided it was by coming to Daley, admitting his sins, and asking forgiveness.
▪ Kit knelt in front of Ariel and cried; he asked her for forgiveness.
▪ He blamed me for not submitting to my husband and said that my husband would change because he had asked for forgiveness.
▪ She acknowledges her faults and is quick to ask forgiveness when she knows she has overstepped the line.
▪ I am writing this letter in order to humbly ask your forgiveness for the events preceding my internment here.
▪ Before confessing to a priest, most peasants would ask the earth for forgiveness.
▪ He was ashamed to be asked for forgiveness, when it was not a matter of that.
▪ I was too proud to follow him and beg forgiveness.
▪ C., to beg forgiveness for the way black men had mistreated their women and neglected their families.
▪ Confess your unworthy behaviour and beg his honour's forgiveness for all your faults.
▪ Then he humbly begged her forgiveness.
▪ Could Woodhead admit the affair, beg forgiveness and keep his job?
▪ At the end of the play, Derikson receives a letter from Frederica, whom he had thought dead, begging forgiveness.
▪ She fought back the sudden urge to run to him, to fling herself into his arms and beg his forgiveness.
▪ If the evil characters are not punished per se they admit their guilt and often beg forgiveness.
▪ It was a terrible sin, she said: which means we've got to pray for forgiveness.
▪ If you came up here seeking some sort of forgiveness from me you can forget it.
▪ If you get stuck in submissiveness you will often seek forgiveness and try endlessly to make up for what you have done!
▪ For it is when we seek forgiveness that we can break the cycle.
▪ The Tories have much for which they should seek forgiveness.
▪ A baby born out of wedlock was a horrible sin for which there was no forgiveness.
▪ But this forgiveness, when I felt guilty myself, who was I forgiving?
▪ Even in the right a man can offend past any forgiveness.
▪ He doesn't think anybody has ever asked him for forgiveness either.
▪ If you came up here seeking some sort of forgiveness from me you can forget it.
▪ O Tess, forgiveness does not apply to the case!
▪ The cry for forgiveness was also the cry for inward healing and deliverance from the mental and physical effects of sin.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Forgiveness \For*give"ness\, n. [AS. forgifnes.]

  1. The act of forgiving; the state of being forgiven; as, the forgiveness of sin or of injuries.

    To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses.
    --Dan. ix. 9.

    In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sin.
    --Eph. i. 7.

  2. Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive.

    If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
    --Ps. cxxx. 3, 4.

    Syn: Pardon, remission.

    Usage: Forgiveness, Pardon. Forgiveness is Anglo-Saxon, and pardon Norman French, both implying a giving back. The word pardon, being early used in our Bible, has, in religious matters, the same sense as forgiveness; but in the language of common life there is a difference between them, such as we often find between corresponding Anglo-Saxon and Norman words. Forgive points to inward feeling, and suppose alienated affection; when we ask forgiveness, we primarily seek the removal of anger. Pardon looks more to outward things or consequences, and is often applied to trifling matters, as when we beg pardon for interrupting a man, or for jostling him in a crowd. The civil magistrate also grants a pardon, and not forgiveness. The two words are, therefore, very clearly distinguished from each other in most cases which relate to the common concerns of life.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English forgiefnes, forgifennys "pardon, forgiveness, indulgence," from past participle of forgifan (see forgive) + -ness. Contracted from *forgiven-ness. Middle English also had forgift (early 14c.).


n. 1 The action of forgive. 2 readiness to forgive.

  1. n. compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive

  2. the act of excusing a mistake or offense [syn: pardon]

Forgiveness (2004 film)

Forgiveness is a 2004 South African drama film dealing with the effects of the apartheid system and the difficulty of reconciliation. It was directed by Ian Gabriel and stars Arnold Vosloo, Zane Meas, Quanita Adams and Denise Newman.


Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. Forgiveness is different from condoning (failing to see the action as wrong and in need of forgiveness), excusing (not holding the offender as responsible for the action), forgetting (removing awareness of the offense from consciousness), pardoning (granted by a representative of society, such as a judge), and reconciliation (restoration of a relationship).

In certain contexts, forgiveness is a legal term for absolving or giving up all claims on account of debt, loan, obligation, or other claims.

As a psychological concept and virtue, the benefits of forgiveness have been explored in religious thought, the social sciences and medicine. Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the person who forgives including forgiving themselves, in terms of the person forgiven or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven. In most contexts, forgiveness is granted without any expectation of restorative justice, and without any response on the part of the offender (for example, one may forgive a person who is incommunicado or dead). In practical terms, it may be necessary for the offender to offer some form of acknowledgment, an apology, or even just ask for forgiveness, in order for the wronged person to believe himself able to forgive.

Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for many varying modern day traditions and practices of forgiveness. Some religious doctrines or philosophies place greater emphasis on the need for humans to find some sort of divine forgiveness for their own shortcomings, others place greater emphasis on the need for humans to practice forgiveness of one another, yet others make little or no distinction between human and divine forgiveness.

Forgiveness (Ayumi Hamasaki song)

"Forgiveness" is the 30th single released by Ayumi Hamasaki, and her 17th number one. It came out on August 20, 2003. Though "Forgiveness" reached #1 on the Oricon charts, its total sales were disappointing, selling only 220,000 copies, 370,000 less than Hamasaki's previous single, "&", which sold 590,000 copies. It was used as the drama Kōgen e Irasshai's theme song.

Forgiveness (disambiguation)

Forgiveness is the process of waiving any negative feeling or desire for punishment.

Forgiveness, Forgiven, Forgiving or Forgive may refer to:

  • Forgiveness Day or Kshamavani, the annual day of forgiveness in Jainism
Forgiveness (2008 film)

Forgiveness is a 2008 American dramatic Holocaust film written and directed by Polish-American director Mariusz Kotowski, with a screenplay by Allan Knee. The film is marked as being the director's first feature-length film.

Forgiveness (Wretch 32 song)

"Forgiveness" is a single from Tottenham-born rapper Wretch 32 that appears on his second album Black and White and features vocals from British and Odd Child Recordings-signed singer Etta Bond. The lyrical content on the song follows Wretch asking forgiveness of those around him as he attempts to pursue his dream - including his son. Cited as his favourite track from the album, the song was selected as the fourth single to see release in the United Kingdom and was released as a digital download on 11 December 2011. The track was edited for the official release, removing the first minute of the track in which producer Labrinth sings his version of the chorus.

Forgiveness (Matthew West song)

"Forgiveness" is a song written and performed by Contemporary Christian musician, Matthew West. It was released as the first single from his 2012 album, Into the Light, on July 10, 2012.

Forgiveness (album)

Forgiveness is the third studio album by Canadian country music artist Jim Witter. It was released on January 14, 2003 by Curb Records. The album was nominated for a GMA Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year in 2004. It was also nominated at the Juno Awards of 2004 for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year.

Usage examples of "forgiveness".

The visit of Montoni was not to sooth his wife, whom he knew to be dying, or to console, or to ask her forgiveness, but to make a last effort to procure that signature, which would transfer her estates in Languedoc, after her death, to him rather than to Emily.

It is an automatic and natural law of cause and effect which exacts strict justice rather than displaying mercy and forgiveness.

Once the Purples were crushed utterly, those nobles who survived would come crawling back for his approval and forgiveness.

Now the penitent receives forgiveness of his sins at once, according to Ezech.

Consequently, although a man receives forgiveness of past sins in the first instant of his true penance, nevertheless he must persevere in his penance, lest he fall again into sin.

For just as he preached penance, and foretold the baptism of Christ, and drew men to the knowledge of the Truth that hath appeared to the world, so do the ministers of the Church, after instructing men, chide them for their sins, and lastly promise them forgiveness in the baptism of Christ.

But other things besides are required for the forgiveness of sins, such as baptism and penance.

Passion preceded, as a kind of universal cause of the forgiveness of sins, it needs to be applied to each individual for the cleansing of personal sins.

Therefore when an adult approaches Baptism, he does indeed receive the forgiveness of all his sins through his purpose of being baptized, but more perfectly through the actual reception of Baptism.

Passion the power of forgiving all sins, since the Passion is the fount and cause of the forgiveness of sins.

Therefore forgiveness of venial sins is caused by the fervor of charity, which may be without actual displeasure at venial sin.

Even the forgiveness of venial sins is an effect of grace, in virtue of the act which grace produces anew, but not through any habit infused anew into the soul.

Therefore when one who has done penance, sins, his previous penance, whereby he received forgiveness of his sins, is not imputed to him.

Therefore the sins which have been taken away do not return through a subsequent sin, as though God repented His gift of forgiveness.

This is not said of these sins as though they were more grievous than others, but because they are more directly opposed to the favor of the forgiveness of sin.