- 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; specif., a document granting a Church indulgence, esp. as sold by medieval pardoners
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!