• To forgive (a person).
  • To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
  • To grant an official pardon for a crime.


  • From Middle English pardonen, from Old French pardoner (modern French pardonner), from Vulgar Latin *perdonare, from per- + donare, a loan-translation of a Germanic word represented by Frankish *firgeban, from *fir- + *geban. Akin to Old High German fargeban, firgeban, Old English forÄ¡iefan. More at forgive.

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