- 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 pardonable
We may look back on old orders of things with admiration; even with a touch of pardonable, though sentimental, regret.Westminster Sermons|Charles Kingsley
"We grow it on our own warm hills," I said, with pardonable California pride.When God Laughs and Other Stories|Jack London
I am guilty towards you, it is true; but, after all, my fault is pardonable.The Miser (L'Avare)|Molire
Counting my school-days, I can remember about a dozen personal conflicts in which I have engaged, with pardonable pleasure.Germany and the Germans|Price Collier
Of all disputes and quarrels those in writing are the least pardonable.The Letters of the Duke of Wellington to Miss J. 1834-1851|Duke of Wellington
- release from punishment for an offence
- the warrant granting such release
- sorry; excuse me
- what did you say?
Word Origin for pardon
mid-15c., from Old French pardonable (12c.), from pardoner (see pardon (v.)). Related: Pardonably.
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.
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.
see beg to differ; excuse me.