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[fer-giv-nis] /fərˈgɪv nɪs/
act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
disposition or willingness to forgive.
Origin of forgiveness
before 900; Middle English forgifenesse, Old English forgifennys. See forgive, -ness
Related forms
preforgiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for forgiveness
  • What follows is a list of state and federal programs that offer student loan forgiveness of some sort.
  • In reality, the student spent over an hour in my office begging me for forgiveness.
  • The silence is not the sound of forgiveness but of ice-cold contempt.
  • forgiveness is for the one who is forgiving and not the one who is being forgiving.
  • One outcome of debt forgiveness is building reputation around the world.
  • But forgiveness was not the chorus in every house of worship.
  • The call for debt forgiveness is unlikely to find any serious political support.
  • Federal loans are subsidised, and they offer better forgiveness and repayment provisions.
  • It is not a ski for the timid, as there is no forgiveness if riding in the backseat.
  • Surprisingly, forgiveness is granted and respect is elevated.
British Dictionary definitions for forgiveness


the act of forgiving or the state of being forgiven
willingness to forgive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forgiveness

Old English forgiefnes "pardon, forgiveness, indulgence;" see forgive + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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