A pardon would flout the principle that even the president is not above the law.
“There aren't any steaks involved, pardon the pun,” says Chin.
The pope does not have power to tell the judges how to rule, but he can intervene at any time to pardon the defendants.
pardon the hyperbole, but there has never been a more aptly titled Good Wife episode than “Hitting the Fan.”
One counselor asked her to get on her knees during a therapy session, Robison said, and “beg his pardon for whatever I had done.”
And is it the meaning of that article of the creed, I believe the pardon of my sins?
"I beg your pardon—I meant to the professionals," interrupted Hester.
"Your good word and influence to win me a pardon," was the answer.
I beg your pardon, miss, but will you allow me to make one remark!
I beg your pardon, but I don't think you told me your name last night.
late 13c., "papal indulgence," from Old French pardon, from pardoner "to grant; forgive" (11c., Modern French pardonner), "to grant, forgive," from Vulgar Latin *perdonare "to give wholeheartedly, to remit," from Latin per- "through, thoroughly" (see per) + donare "give, present" (see donation).
Meaning "passing over an offense without punishment" is from c.1300, also in the strictly ecclesiastical sense; sense of "pardon for a civil or criminal offense; release from penalty or obligation" is from late 14c. earlier in Anglo-French. Weaker sense of "excuse for a minor fault" is attested from 1540s.
mid-15c., "to forgive for offense or sin," from Old French pardoner (see pardon (n.)).
'I grant you pardon,' said Louis XV to Charolais, who, to divert himself, had just killed a man; 'but I also pardon whoever will kill you.' [Marquis de Sade, "Philosophy in the Bedroom"]Related: Pardoned; pardoning. Pardon my French as exclamation of apology for obscene language is from 1895.
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.