- a release from the penalty of an offense; a remission of penalty, as by a governor.
- the document by which such remission is declared.
verb (used with object)
Origin of pardon
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“There aren't any steaks involved, pardon the pun,” says Chin.Adventure Photographer Jimmy Chin: Defying the Rational, Physically and Creatively|Oliver Jones|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The incident with Tony Kornheiser, a Pardon the Interruption talking head, serves to highlight the problem with ESPN.
He denied that he was party to the attempt, and paid the necessary fee to the Hanaper for his pardon.William de Colchester|Ernest Harold Pearce
I learn that in Pennsylvania the applicant's signature is not required by the Pardon Board.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
Doesn't this urge you to pity, so that you will beg His Holiness for pardon, beg him to receive us?Three Plays|Luigi Pirandello
And it was because of this and because of my last promise to him that your offer shocked me; I ask your pardon for my rudeness.Melomaniacs|James Huneker
Pardon me; I want to see your eye beam again with contentment.The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow|Anna Katharine Green
- release from punishment for an offence
- the warrant granting such release
- sorry; excuse me
- what did you say?
Word Origin 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.
see beg to differ; excuse me.