AMY, with pardonable curiosity, 'What did you think of him?'
If this be not love, it is madness, and then it is pardonable.
It is pardonable if, to many men, all this appears to be mere illusion.
This might be pardonable, but, as regarded my fiance, what should I do?
It is reckoned right, or at least pardonable, for men and women to do "for love" what may be against the dictates of common sense.
She resorted to a pardonable little artifice to lure him hither.
But by other accounts he restrained not his language to this pardonable impropriety—he met scorn with scorn.
"None at all," said Prescott cheerily, and with pardonable evasion.
Nor did any seek to inquire deeply into the least pardonable offences of the tiger, the bear, and the other mighty ones.
With a friend one sees so seldom, a little dalliance is most pardonable.
mid-15c., from Old French pardonable (12c.), from pardoner (see pardon (v.)). Related: Pardonably.
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.
the forgiveness of sins granted freely (Isa. 43:25), readily (Neh. 9:17; Ps. 86:5), abundantly (Isa. 55:7; Rom. 5:20). Pardon is an act of a sovereign, in pure sovereignty, granting simply a remission of the penalty due to sin, but securing neither honour nor reward to the pardoned. Justification (q.v.), on the other hand, is the act of a judge, and not of a sovereign, and includes pardon and, at the same time, a title to all the rewards and blessings promised in the covenant of life.