An example of a pardon is President Ford releasing former President Nixon from penalty for his participation in the Watergate scandal.
An example of to pardon is telling someone it's okay after they bump into you.
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?"
Pardon me, I'm in a hurry.
Begged the host's pardon for leaving early.
Pardon?, What did you say?, Can you say that again?
A convicted criminal who was pardoned by the governor.
- excuse me!
Origin of pardon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 forÄ¡iefan (“to forgive"). More at forgive.