In the end, she too forgave him, taking care of a dying Leary.
I forgave him, although the cruelty that he and the boys at my school displayed stayed with me for many, many years.
Philomena, I asked her if she forgave the nuns for what they did to her, and she said, “Yes.”
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).
The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.