Definition of Pardon

1. Noun. The act of excusing a mistake or offense.

Exact synonyms: Forgiveness
Generic synonyms: Benignity, Kindness
Specialized synonyms: Condonation, Exculpation

2. Verb. Accept an excuse for. "Please excuse my dirty hands"
Exact synonyms: Excuse
Generic synonyms: Forgive
Derivative terms: Excuse

3. Noun. A warrant granting release from punishment for an offense.
Exact synonyms: Amnesty
Generic synonyms: Warrant
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Amnesty

4. Verb. Grant a pardon to. "The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President"
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Forgive
Specialized synonyms: Amnesty
Derivative terms: Pardoner, Pardoner

5. Noun. The formal act of liberating someone.
Exact synonyms: Amnesty, Free Pardon
Generic synonyms: Clemency, Mercifulness, Mercy
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Amnesty

Definition of Pardon

1. n. The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.

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

Definition of Pardon

1. Noun. Forgiveness for an offence. ¹

2. Noun. (legal) An order that releases a convicted criminal without further punishment, prevents future punishment, or (in some jurisdictions) removes an offence from a person's criminal record, as if it had never been committed. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To forgive. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive legal) To grant an official pardon for a crime; unguilt. ¹

5. Interjection. (non-gloss definition Often used when someone does not understand what another person says.) ¹

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Definition of Pardon

1. to release from liability for an offense [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pardon

1. 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, pardom 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 S. Xv. 25) "Apollo, pardon My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle " (Shak) 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. Synonym: To forgive, absolve, excuse, overlook, remit, asquit. See Excuse. Origin: Either fr. Pardon, n, or from F. Pardonner, LL. Perdonare; L. Per through, thoroughly, perfectly + donare to give, to present. See Par-, and Donation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pardon

pardon (current term)
pardon me
pardon my French

Literary usage of Pardon

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"HOME'S pardon. A TALE. If Home can pardon sins, as Romans hold; And if those pardons may be bought and sold, It were no sin t' adore and worship gold. ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1904)
"The right of pardon, that will be necessary to human society so long as men are ... We no longer have a Constitution, if the King has the right to pardon," ..."

3. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I. by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1898)
"So far as we can see, the homicide who obtained a pardon on the score of misadventure or self-defence (unless he had fled on account of his deed), ..."

4. The Law-dictionary, Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins, Thomas Colpitts Granger (1835)
"A pardon may also be conditional; that is, the king may extend his mercy upon what terms he pleases ; and may annex to his bounty a condition either ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"It is obvious that, though the Crown is invested with the right to pardon, this does not prevent pardon being granted by the higher authority of an act of ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Repeatedly they compare in figurative language the two means of obtaining pardon as two gates of the Church, two beacons of salvation; or, regarding baptism ..."

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