- Pardon is defined as a mild apology or asking someone to repeat what they just said.
An example of pardon is saying you're sorry for bumping into someone, "Pardon me."An example of pardon is asking someone to repeat, "Pardon me?"
- The definition of a pardon is an official document freeing someone from additional punishment for a crime committed.
An example of a pardon is President Ford releasing former President Nixon from penalty for his participation in the Watergate scandal.
- Pardon is defined as to excuse or forgive for a minor offense.
An example of to pardon is telling someone it's okay after they bump into you.
- to release (a person) from further punishment for a crime
- to cancel or not exact penalty for (an offense); forgive
- to excuse or forgive (a person) for some minor fault, discourtesy, etc.
- to overlook (a discourtesy, etc.)
Origin of pardonMiddle English pardonen ; from Old French pardoner ; from Late Latin perdonare ; from Classical Latin per-, through, quite (see per-) + donare, to give: see date
- a pardoning or being pardoned; forgiveness
- an official document granting a pardon
Origin of pardonME < OFr
- pardon me: a mild apology
- please repeat what you have said: a request for information or clarification, often with the rising intonation of a question
I beg your pardon!
transitive verbpar·doned, par·don·ing, par·dons
- To release (a person) from punishment or disfavor for wrongdoing or a fault: a convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor. See Synonyms at forgive.
- To allow (an offense or fault) to pass without punishment or disfavor.
- To make courteous allowance for; excuse: Pardon me, I'm in a hurry.
- The act of pardoning.
- Law a. Exemption of a convicted person from the penalties of an offense or crime by the power of the executor of the laws.b. An official document or warrant declaring such an exemption.
- Allowance or forgiveness for an offense or a discourtesy: begged the host's pardon for leaving early.
- Roman Catholic Church An indulgence.
Origin of pardonMiddle English pardonen, from Old French pardoner, from Vulgar Latin *perdōnāre, to give wholeheartedly : Latin per-, intensive pref.; see per– + Latin dōnāre, to present, forgive (from dōnum, gift; see dō- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present pardons, present participle pardoning, simple past and past participle pardoned)
- Often used when someone does not understand what another person says.
- Pardon?, What did you say?, Can you say that again?
Middle English pardonen from Old French pardoner from Vulgar Latin *perdonare, from per- + donare, a loan-translation of a Germanic word represented by Frankish *firgeban (“to forgive, give up completely”), from fir- + geban. Akin to Old High German fargeban, firgeban (“to forgive”), Old English forġiefan (“to forgive”). More at forgive.