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pardon

[ pahr-dn ]
/ ˈpɑr dn /
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noun

verb (used with object)

interjection

(used, with rising inflection, as an elliptical form of I beg your pardon, as when asking a speaker to repeat something not clearly heard or understood.)

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Origin of pardon

First recorded in 1300–50; (noun) Middle English pardoun(e), from Old French, Middle French pardon, pardun, perdun (French pardon ), from Medieval Latin perdōnum ; (verb) Middle English pardonen, perdonen, from Anglo-French, Old French pardoner, perduner (French pardonner), from Medieval Latin perdōnāre “to give freely, overlook,” equivalent to Latin intensive prefix per- per- + dōnāre “to give,” see donation

synonym study for pardon

3. Pardon, amnesty, reprieve are nouns referring to the cancellation, or delay with the possibility of eventual cancellation, of a punishment or penalty assigned for the violation of a military regulation or a civil law; absolution from guilt is not implied, merely a remission of the penalty. A pardon is granted to an individual, often by the action of a government official such as a governor, president, or monarch, and releases the individual from any punishment due for the infraction of the law, as a death sentence, prison term, or fine: to be released from prison with a full pardon. An amnesty is a pardon granted to a group of persons for past offenses against a government; it often includes an assurance of no future prosecution: to grant amnesty to political prisoners; an amnesty period for delinquent taxpayers during which no penalties are assessed. A reprieve is a delay of impending punishment, especially a death sentence; it does not cancel or remit the punishment, it simply delays it, usually for a specific period of time or until a decision can be arrived at as to the possibility of pardon or reduction of sentence: a last-minute reprieve, allowing the filing of an appeal to the Supreme Court. 6. See excuse.

OTHER WORDS FROM pardon

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pardon

commute, forgive, pardon
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British Dictionary definitions for pardon

pardon
/ (ˈpɑːdən) /

verb (tr)

to excuse or forgive (a person) for (an offence, mistake, etc)to pardon someone; to pardon a fault

noun

forgiveness; allowance
  1. release from punishment for an offence
  2. the warrant granting such release
a Roman Catholic indulgence

sentence substitute

Also: pardon me, I beg your pardon
  1. sorry; excuse me
  2. what did you say?

Derived forms of pardon

pardonable, adjectivepardonably, adverbpardonless, adjective

Word Origin for pardon

C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin perdōnum, from perdōnāre to forgive freely, from Latin per (intensive) + dōnāre to grant
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Idioms and Phrases with pardon

pardon

see beg to differ; excuse me.

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