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Definition of PARDON

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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. [1913 Webster]

              Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              But infinite in pardon was my judge.  --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     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?. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     2. An official warrant of remission of penalty. [1913 Webster]

              Sign me a present pardon for my brother. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. The state of being forgiven. --South.
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     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. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Forgiveness; remission. See {Forgiveness}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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. [1913 Webster]

              In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant. --2 Kings v. 18. [1913 Webster]

              I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardon me.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses. [1913 Webster]

              I pray thee, pardon my sin.           --1 Sam. xv.
                                                    25. [1913 Webster]

              Apollo, pardon
              My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
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              I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. To give leave (of departure) to. [Obs.]
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              Even now about it! I will pardon you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     Syn: To forgive; absolve; excuse; overlook; remit; acquit. See {Excuse}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

110 Moby Thesaurus words for "pardon":
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Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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