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forgiveness

[fer-giv-nis]
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noun
  1. act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
  2. disposition or willingness to forgive.
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Origin of forgiveness

before 900; Middle English forgifenesse, Old English forgifennys. See forgive, -ness
Related formspre·for·give·ness, noun
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forgiveness

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

n.

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

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