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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
forgive/excuse/pardon the pun (=used to show you know you are making a pun)
free pardon
pardon/forgive the expression (=used when you have said a word or phrase that might offend someone)
▪ After the climb, we were absolutely knackered, if you’ll pardon the expression.
I beg your pardon
▪ "And the year of your birth?" "I beg your pardon?" "When were you born?"
▪ "East Coast people are kind of uptight, aren't they?" "I beg your pardon!"
▪ "That's my pen." "Oh, I beg your pardon - I thought it was mine.''
▪ Oh, I beg your pardon. Are you all right?
pardon/excuse my French
▪ I was, if you will pardon the expression, absolutely buggered.
pardon/excuse my French
Pardon the mess -- I got home late last night and didn't have time to clean up.
▪ Ford immediately pardoned Nixon when he became President.
▪ I am so sorry about that, Mr Judd. Please pardon my daughter for her little outburst.
▪ I hope you'll pardon the state of the house - I haven't had time to clean it up.
▪ Also on Jan. 1 Havel declared an amnesty which involved pardoning certain categories of short-term prisoners and reducing the sentences of others.
▪ Another 110 were pardoned after their cases were reviewed by a special board.
▪ Like most of his other supporters, the bishops associated with Mortimer were pardoned.
▪ Siricus pardoned Fabiola her sins, after her second husband died.
▪ The king at the request of Eleanor de Percy pardoned him and cancelled his abjuration.
▪ Though they were pardoned three years later by President Carlos Menem, they are again under house arrest charged with kidnapping children.
▪ Two defendants were pardoned before trial and one avoided trial because the Bush administration refused to release key documents.
▪ A free pardon should only be granted if moral as well as technical innocence can be established.
▪ We gave her a free pardon, though, and she lives there freely, as merry as the rest of us.
▪ Noah Claypole was given a free pardon for telling the police about Fagin.
▪ So why was a free pardon not granted?
▪ Charges of child kidnapping are not covered by the presidential pardon.
▪ She has even declared her unwillingness to accept a presidential pardon because it carries an implicit concession of guilt.
▪ It now appears that Mr Cunningham, her campaign treasurer, also took money to lobby for two presidential pardons.
▪ All he needs is a presidential pardon to restore his passport.
▪ He returned briefly to the Commonwealth's service, but retired when the Restoration became inevitable and procured a royal pardon.
▪ Thomas had received a royal pardon in the previous April, just one week after Barnet, which implies a Neville connection.
▪ He has rejected all the accusations and said he did not want to ask the president for pardon.
▪ On more than one occasion she is known to have publicly asked pardon for the scandal she had given.
▪ In 1182, he asked formally for pardon, prostrating himself before Barbarossa.
▪ King: I beg thy pardon, Wapping.
▪ I do beg your pardon, sir.
▪ We gave her a free pardon, though, and she lives there freely, as merry as the rest of us.
▪ Noah Claypole was given a free pardon for telling the police about Fagin.
▪ He was granted a partial pardon by President Jacques Chirac in 1996 and was finally released in September 1998.
▪ The former president has denied granting any pardons or commutations for any reason other than the merits.
▪ In spite of the negative stand of Carnogursky, Schuster can decide to grant the pardon.
▪ Prosecutors are trying to determine whether Clinton was bribed to grant the pardon.
▪ But he has now refused either to grant the long-expected pardon or refer the case back to the Court of Appeal.
▪ Francis of Assisi wrote: Where there is injury, let me grant pardon.
▪ After Mortimer's condemnation Edward granted pardon and restitution to the families which had suffered at his hands in 1329 and 1330.
▪ The mistress, political fundraiser Linda Jones, was granted a pardon, too.
▪ With the promise of a pardon, Wynn was persuaded to give evidence.
▪ A Justice Department official said there was no record of any formal request by Wynn for a pardon.
▪ Dole demanded that Clinton rule out pardons for his business partners in the failed Whitewater land scheme.
▪ It is the right of any convicted felon, great or small, to apply for a pardon.
▪ Sea battles and voyages and plunder and buried treasure and king's pardons and kidnapped wenches.
▪ She has even declared her unwillingness to accept a presidential pardon because it carries an implicit concession of guilt.
▪ So why was a free pardon not granted?
▪ There was then apparently an offer of pardon to others who submitted willingly to the royal authority without delay.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pardon \Par"don\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pardoned (p[aum]r"d'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Pardoning.] [Either fr. pardon, n., or from F. pardonner, LL. perdonare; L. per through, thoroughly, perfectly + donare to give, to present. See Par-, and Donation.]

  1. To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender.

    In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant.
    --2 Kings v. 18.

    I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardon me.

  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.

    Apollo, pardon My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle!

  3. To refrain from exacting as a penalty.

    I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.

  4. To give leave (of departure) to. [Obs.]

    Even now about it! I will pardon you.

    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.

    Syn: To forgive; absolve; excuse; overlook; remit; acquit. See Excuse.


Pardon \Par"don\ (p[aum]r"d'n), n. [F., fr. pardonner to pardon. See Pardon, v. t.]

  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.

    But infinite in pardon was my judge.

    Usage: Used in expressing courteous denial or contradiction; as, I beg your pardon; or in indicating that one has not understood another; as, I beg pardon; or pardon me?.

  2. An official warrant of remission of penalty.

    Sign me a present pardon for my brother.

  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.

    Syn: Forgiveness; remission. See Forgiveness.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., "papal indulgence," from Old French pardon, from pardoner "to grant; forgive" (11c., Modern French pardonner), "to grant, forgive," from Vulgar Latin *perdonare "to give wholeheartedly, to remit," from Latin per- "through, thoroughly" (see per) + donare "give, present" (see donation).\n

\nMeaning "passing over an offense without punishment" is from c.1300, also in the strictly ecclesiastical sense; sense of "pardon for a civil or criminal offense; release from penalty or obligation" is from late 14c. earlier in Anglo-French. Weaker sense of "excuse for a minor fault" is attested from 1540s.


mid-15c., "to forgive for offense or sin," from Old French pardoner (see pardon (n.)).\n'I grant you pardon,' said Louis XV to Charolais, who, to divert himself, had just killed a man; 'but I also pardon whoever will kill you.' [Marquis de Sade, "Philosophy in the Bedroom"]Related: Pardoned; pardoning. Pardon my French as exclamation of apology for obscene language is from 1895.

  1. n. the act of excusing a mistake or offense [syn: forgiveness]

  2. a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense [syn: amnesty]

  3. the formal act of liberating someone [syn: amnesty, free pardon]

  4. v. accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands" [syn: excuse]

  5. grant a pardon to; "Ford pardoned Nixon"; "The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President"


A pardon is a government decision to allow a person who has been convicted of a crime, to be free and absolved of that conviction, as if never convicted.

Today, pardons are granted in many countries when individuals have demonstrated that they have fulfilled their debt to society, or are otherwise considered to be deserving. Pardons are sometimes offered to persons who are wrongfully convicted or who claim they have been wrongfully convicted. In some jurisdictions, accepting such a pardon implicitly constitutes an admission of guilt (see Burdick v. United States in the United States), so in some cases the offer is refused. Cases of wrongful conviction are nowadays more often dealt with by appeal than by pardon; however, a pardon is sometimes offered when innocence is undisputed to avoid the costs of a retrial. Clemency plays a very important role when capital punishment is applied.

Pardon (film)

Pardon is a 2005 Turkish comedy film.

Pardon (disambiguation)

A pardon is the forgiveness of a crime. It may also refer to:

Pardon (ceremony)

A Pardon is a typically Breton form of pilgrimage and one of the most traditional demonstrations of popular Catholicism in Brittany. Of very ancient origin, probably dating back to the conversion of the country by the Celtic monks, it is comparable to the parades associated with Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland or New York.

A Pardon is a penitential ceremony. A Pardon occurs on the feast of the patron saint of a church or chapel, at which an indulgence is granted. Hence use of the word "Pardon". Pardons only occur in the traditionally Breton language speaking Western part of Brittany. They do not extend farther east than Guingamp.

Usage examples of "pardon".

I suppose that in origin it was anticlerical and I should ask your pardon.

It was within the competence of Congress to declare that the amounts due to persons thus pardoned should not be paid out of the Treasury and that no general appropriation should extend to their claims.

Pardon me, milady, but Lord Rathburn would have my ballocks if he knew.

Therefore it seems that sins already pardoned do not return through ingratitude as manifested in these sins, any more than as shown in other sins.

I crave your pardon, my lord, for truly he was an old man in my youth, so it was said, and I thought the old margrave must be dead by now and the margraviate gone to his heirs.

I will grant you your life if you ask pardon for the crime you meditated, and for which you ought to be sorry.

Shaw, will admit that you have been wrong in all your harsh judgments of medo not deny themand will most humbly beg my pardon without the least trace of impertinence.

Theoretically, no one is directly responsible for my execution, since the immutable laws of quantum theory pardon or condemn me from each microsecond to the next.

Brabant whose wife was very ill, and he supposing that she was about to die, after many remonstrances and exhortations for the salvation of her soul, asked her pardon, and she pardoned him all his misdeeds, excepting that he had not worked her as much as he ought to have done--as will appear more plainly in the said story.

When the hour of her death drew near, she begged her husband to pardon her, and told him of the misdeeds she had committed during the years she had lived with him, and how such and such of the children belonged to a certain man, and such to another--that is to say those before-mentioned--and that after her death they would take charge of their own children.

He was much astonished to hear this news, nevertheless he pardoned her for all her misdeeds, and then she died, and he sent the children to the persons she had mentioned, who kept them.

There had been some doubt whether of right he should not have taken Lady Eustace, but it was held by Mrs Dick that her ladyship had somewhat impaired her rights by the eccentricities of her career, and also that she would amiably pardon any little wrongdoing against her of that kind,--whereas Lady Monogram was a person much to be considered.

I hope you will not find he has outstepped the truth more than may be pardoned, in consideration of the motive.

September, 1796, his Excellency, Governor Hunter, was pleased to present me with an absolute pardon, under the great seal of the colony, and appointed me a principal superintendant of the district of Parramatta, with a permanent salary of fifty pounds a year, in the room of Mr.

The dishonesty of this fellow I might, perhaps, have pardoned, but never his ingratitude.