- 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 unforgiven
Moviegoers who are looking for another Million Dollar Baby or Unforgiven are going to be disappointed, frankly.Gran Torino is 100-Proof Clint
January 4, 2009
She had looked at him, dumbly, and he had rushed away, leaving her unforgiven.Glory of Youth
And if unforgiven, could the cry of a rabble at such a scene bind a nation?Lord George Bentinck
The unforgiven child is still a child, but will be chastened.God's Plan with Men
T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
Love to God can never be the growth of unrenewed and unforgiven hearts.Sermons
I cannot go bloodstained and unforgiven into the presence of the Eternal.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 1 (of 2)
William Denison Lyman
- 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 unforgiven
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.