- a forgiving or being forgiven; pardon
- inclination to forgive or pardon
Arnold asked for forgiveness for not being a good father to his son when he was growing up.
When you are mad at someone but you then accept his apology and are no longer mad, this is an example of forgiveness.
From Middle English forgiveness, forgifnes, from Old English forġifnes, forġiefnes, forġiefennes (“forgiveness, remission, indulgence, permission”, literally “forgivenness”), equivalent to forgiven + -ness.
- Even now, as his eyes sought her forgiveness, his chin stayed up proudly.
- He requires kindness, forgiveness and loving sacrifice from all to all (Isa.
- It was an austere religion, inculcating self-restraint, courage and honesty; it secured peace of conscience through forgiveness of sins, and abated for those who were initiated in its mysteries the superstitious terrors of death and the world to come.
- I knew craved forgiveness from the others, but lacked the capability to attain it.
- Forgiveness of injuries was as alien from her fierce and loyal spirit as forgetfulness of benefits; the destruction of England and its liberties by Spanish invasion and conquest was the strongest aspiration of her parting soul.