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forgiveness

[fer-giv-nis] /fərˈgɪv nɪs/
noun
1.
act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
2.
disposition or willingness to forgive.
Origin of forgiveness
900
before 900; Middle English forgifenesse, Old English forgifennys. See forgive, -ness
Related forms
preforgiveness, noun
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Examples from the Web for forgiveness
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  • If you have forfeited man's respect and esteem, there is a God with whom there is mercy and forgiveness.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • I prayed for forgiveness, and asked God to direct and protect me.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • And I am not going to ask your forgiveness, or anything of that sort.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The impenitent have no promise of forgiveness, and therefore cannot have faith.

  • Special assurance of forgiveness is also given in Confession and Absolution.

British Dictionary definitions for forgiveness

forgiveness

/fəˈɡɪvnɪs/
noun
1.
the act of forgiving or the state of being forgiven
2.
willingness to forgive
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Word Origin and History for forgiveness
n.

Old English forgiefnes "pardon, forgiveness, indulgence;" see forgive + -ness.

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