- to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.
- to give up all claim on account of; remit (a debt, obligation, etc.).
- to grant pardon to (a person).
- to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive one's enemies.
- to cancel an indebtedness or liability of: to forgive the interest owed on a loan.
- to pardon an offense or an offender.
Origin of forgive
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Examples from the Web for unforgivable
Government activism on behalf of the common man was an unforgivable sin to be extirpated from the body politic.The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party
December 8, 2013
But for a coach to forget how much his players need his support in moments of defeat is just unforgivable.Alabama Coach Nick Saban’s Folly: Great Coaches Protect Their Players
December 2, 2013
The unforgivable java sin of a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.Black Friday Comes Early as U.S. Retailers Panic Over Holiday Sales
November 21, 2013
People forgive you for a lot of your past indiscretions, but this, they feel, is unforgivable.Mike Tyson Opens Up About His Rape Conviction, Brad Pitt, and Love of Pinkberry
November 6, 2013
“People in wheelchairs were living in this place, this is unforgivable,” says the father of a young caretaker in the movie.Japanese Horror Director Tackles the 3/11 Tsunami
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
February 23, 2013
We have committed the unforgivable offense and must pay for it.Slaves of Mercury
It is the unforgivable offence in this house to be late at breakfast.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
To forget some things, and some people and some kindnesses, are unforgivable sins.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
They have a right to; we've done them all an unforgivable injury.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
But Sanda gave him no time for words that would be unforgivable.A Soldier of the Legion
C. N. Williamson
- so bad as to be unable to be excused or pardoned
- to cease to blame or hold resentment against (someone or something)
- to grant pardon for (a mistake, wrongdoing, etc)
- (tr) to free or pardon (someone) from penalty
- (tr) to free from the obligation of (a debt, payment, etc)
Word Origin and History for unforgivable
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).
The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.