1. The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.
Pardon, my lord, for me and for my tidings. --Shak.
But infinite in pardon was my judge. --Milton.
Usage: Used in expressing courteous denial or contradiction; as, I beg your pardon; or in indicating that one has not understood another; as, I beg pardon; or pardon me?.
2. An official warrant of remission of penalty.
Sign me a present pardon for my brother. --Shak.
3. The state of being forgiven.
4. Law A release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amnesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses.
Syn: -- Forgiveness; remission. See Forgiveness.
Par·don, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pardoned p. pr. & vb. n. Pardoning.]
1. To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender.
In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant. --2 Kings v. 18.
I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardon me. --Shak.
2. To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses.
I pray thee, pardon my sin. --1 Sam. xv. 25.
My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle! --Shak.
3. To refrain from exacting as a penalty.
I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it. --Shak.
4. To give leave (of departure) to. [Obs.]
Even now about it! I will pardon you. --Shak.
Pardon me, forgive me; excuse me; -- a phrase used also to express courteous denial or contradiction, or to request forgiveness for a mild transgression, such as bumping a person while passing.
Syn: -- To forgive; absolve; excuse; overlook; remit; acquit. See Excuse.
n 1: the act of excusing a mistake or offense [syn: forgiveness]
2: a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
3: the formal act of liberating someone [syn: amnesty, free
v 1: accept an excuse for; "Please excuse my dirty hands" [syn: excuse]
2: grant a pardon to; "Ford pardoned Nixon"; "The Thanksgiving
turkey was pardoned by the President"
the forgiveness of sins granted freely (Isa. 43:25), readily
(Neh. 9:17; Ps. 86:5), abundantly (Isa. 55:7; Rom. 5:20). Pardon
is an act of a sovereign, in pure sovereignty, granting simply a
remission of the penalty due to sin, but securing neither honour
nor reward to the pardoned. Justification (q.v.), on the other
hand, is the act of a judge, and not of a sovereign, and
includes pardon and, at the same time, a title to all the
rewards and blessings promised in the covenant of life.