When things are bad (and things get very bad in this book) he is loving and forgiving.
Don himself was bottomlessly generous and vulnerable and forgiving.
In Miami we sometimes played baseball using a big orange basketball, which sure was easy to hit but not so forgiving.
Are they likely to be forgiving of the poor home buyers in trouble?
He is counting on his opponents to overplay their hand, and a forgiving public to let him do his job as governor.
Second poem, 27 to 55—to his friend, who had robbed the poet of his mistress, forgiving him.
Are none to be gentle and kind, none to be piteous and forgiving?
The Memory and the Conscience never did, nor never will agree about forgiving Injuries.
He has suffered too much at my hands to be in a forgiving mood.
And will you keep on forgiving me and helping—helping me to deserve to have friends?
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.