- kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
- a release from the penalty of an offense; a remission of penalty, as by a governor.
- the document by which such remission is declared.
- forgiveness of a serious offense or offender.
- Obsolete. a papal indulgence.
- to make courteous allowance for or to excuse: Pardon me, madam.
- to release (a person) from liability for an offense.
- to remit the penalty of (an offense): The governor will not pardon your crime.
- (used, with rising inflection, as an elliptical form of I beg your pardon, as when asking a speaker to repeat something not clearly heard or understood.)
Origin of pardon
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Examples from the Web for pardon
Wahlberg filed his petition for a pardon to the governor of Massachusetts on November 26.LAPD Foundation: Mark Wahlberg Would Make a Good Reserve Cop
December 9, 2014
The government should be asking the relatives of Alan Turing to pardon them for treating him so appallingly!Charles Dance on Tywin Lannister’s S5 Return, A ‘Game of Thrones’ Movie,’ and Sexy Peter Dinklage
November 18, 2014
“There aren't any steaks involved, pardon the pun,” says Chin.Adventure Photographer Jimmy Chin: Defying the Rational, Physically and Creatively
October 6, 2014
For all our sins, may the Force that makes forgiveness possible forgive us, pardon us, and make atonement possible.Jews and Non-Jews Need to Repent for the Sins of the U.S. and Israel
Rabbi Michael Lerner
September 24, 2014
The incident with Tony Kornheiser, a Pardon the Interruption talking head, serves to highlight the problem with ESPN.ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
July 29, 2014
I beg your pardon, dear Madam, and your patience with me on such an occasion as this.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And before you got off the beams, Andrew, the governor of this State will have signed a pardon for you.Way of the Lawless
I beg your pardon, miss, but will you allow me to make one remark!
"I beg your pardon—I meant to the professionals," interrupted Hester.
She begged his pardon, but could those really be the boys names?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- to excuse or forgive (a person) for (an offence, mistake, etc)to pardon someone; to pardon a fault
- forgiveness; allowance
- release from punishment for an offence
- the warrant granting such release
- a Roman Catholic indulgence
- Also: pardon me, I beg your pardon
- sorry; excuse me
- what did you say?
Word Origin and History for pardon
late 13c., "papal indulgence," from Old French pardon, from pardoner "to grant; forgive" (11c., Modern French pardonner), "to grant, forgive," from Vulgar Latin *perdonare "to give wholeheartedly, to remit," from Latin per- "through, thoroughly" (see per) + donare "give, present" (see donation).
Meaning "passing over an offense without punishment" is from c.1300, also in the strictly ecclesiastical sense; sense of "pardon for a civil or criminal offense; release from penalty or obligation" is from late 14c. earlier in Anglo-French. Weaker sense of "excuse for a minor fault" is attested from 1540s.
mid-15c., "to forgive for offense or sin," from Old French pardoner (see pardon (n.)).
'I grant you pardon,' said Louis XV to Charolais, who, to divert himself, had just killed a man; 'but I also pardon whoever will kill you.' [Marquis de Sade, "Philosophy in the Bedroom"]
Related: Pardoned; pardoning. Pardon my French as exclamation of apology for obscene language is from 1895.