Forgiving someone of a past wrongdoing is an example of clemency.
Royal clemency is frequently shown, often, perhaps, with want of judgment.
It is a proof of the wisdom of Aurelius's clemency that he had little or no trouble in pacifying the provinces which had been the scene of rebellion.
To the virtues of liberality, charity and clemency he added the Machiavellian qualities of falsehood and shrewdness, so highly esteemed by the princes of his time.
The only hope of the Jews lay in the clemency of their victorious suzerain, and it did not fail them.
But the English leaders were treated with politic clemency, and the Danish leader, Jarl Osbiorn, was bribed to withdraw his fleet.