forgiveness

[ fer-giv-nis ]
/ fərˈgɪv nɪs /

noun

act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
disposition or willingness to forgive.

Nearby words

  1. forgettery,
  2. forging,
  3. forgivable,
  4. forgive,
  5. forgive and forget,
  6. forgiving,
  7. forgo,
  8. forgot,
  9. forgotten,
  10. forgotten man

Origin of forgiveness

before 900; Middle English forgifenesse, Old English forgifennys. See forgive, -ness

Related formspre·for·give·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for forgiveness

forgiveness

/ (fəˈɡɪvnɪs) /

noun

the act of forgiving or the state of being forgiven
willingness to forgive
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Word Origin and History for forgiveness

forgiveness

n.

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

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