Origin of forgiving
- to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
- to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
- to grant pardon to (a person).
- to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one's enemies.
- to cancel an indebtedness or liability of: to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
- to pardon an offense or an offender.
Origin of forgive
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Examples from the Web for forgiving
Don himself was bottomlessly generous and vulnerable and forgiving.Don Carpenter Was a Novelist Both Lacerating and Forgiving
Louis B. Jones
July 14, 2014
In Miami we sometimes played baseball using a big orange basketball, which sure was easy to hit but not so forgiving.Dealing With Dad the Dealer
April 9, 2014
He is counting on his opponents to overplay their hand, and a forgiving public to let him do his job as governor.Clinton and Christie: Let The Mud-Slinging Start
January 22, 2014
How could we be as good—as forgiving or as a noble—as Mandela?Mandela: The Last Good Man
December 5, 2013
There is no forgiving in Egypt right now, and no forgetting.In Egypt’s Countryside, Vendettas Between Police and Islamists Simmer
Mike Giglio, Christopher Dickey
October 28, 2013
Are none to be gentle and kind, none to be piteous and forgiving?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He has suffered too much at my hands to be in a forgiving mood.In the Midst of Alarms
Forgiving does not mean forgetting—at least, it does not with me.My Double Life
Previously she had been forgiving and not seriously offended, even when he had been blind drunk.L'Assommoir
He was forgiving and forbearing and kinder than I had any right to expect.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- willing to forgive; merciful
- to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
- to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
- (tr) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
- (tr) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
Word Origin and History for forgiving
"inclined to forgive," 1680s, from present participle of forgive. Related: Forgivingness.
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).
The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.