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P'ARDON, verb transitive [Latin per and dono, to give; per having the sense of the English for in forgive, and re in Latin remitto, properly to give back or away.]

1. To forgive; to remit; as an offense or crime. Guilt implies a being bound or subjected to censure, penalty or punishment. To pardon is to give up this obligation, and release the offender. We apply the word to the crime or to the person. We pardon an offense, when we remove it from the offender and consider him as not guilty; we pardon the offender, when we release or absolve him from his liability to suffer punishment.

I pray thee, pardon my sin. 1 Samuel 15:25.

2. To remit, as a penalty.

I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.

3. To excuse, as for a fault.

4. pardon me, is a phrase used when one asks for excuse, or makes an apology, and it is often used in this sense, when a person means civilly to deny or contradict what another affirms.

P'ARDON, noun Forgiveness; the release of an offense or of the obligation of the offender to suffer a penalty, or to bear the displeasure of the offended party. We seek the pardon of sins, transgressions and offenses.

1. Remission of a penalty. An amnesty is a general pardon

2. Forgiveness received.