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Word of the Day: Pardon

Sep 14, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

par-don / ˈpär-dᵊn
1. an act of excusing an offense without giving consequences
No love or pity, pardon or excuse should soften the sharp pang of reparation for the guilty man.
Louisa May Alcott, 1832-1888
2. an official release from penalty
I don’t mind giving 5,000 pardons a day.
Rodrigo Duterte, 1945-
3. forgiveness of a fault or offense
Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
Francis of Assisi, c. 1181-1226
1. to release from the penalties of an offense or crime
God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887
2. to forgive
We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.
Voltaire, 1694-1778
(verb and noun): from the Late Latin perdonare (combining the classical Latin intensive prefix per (thoroughly, completely) and the verb donare (to give) through the Old French perdoner.
Etymology provided by Allen Ward.

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