Pardon me

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pardon me excuse me—used in apology and to soften a contradiction
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Quotations

  • St. Francis of Assisi
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    “Where there is injury let me sow pardon.”
  • William Pitt The Elder Chatham
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    “I cannot give them my confidence; pardon me, gentlemen, confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom: youth is the season of credulity.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pardonner—Low L. perdonāre—L. per, through, away, donāre, to give.

Usage

In literature:

And, pardon me, dear friend, I spoke harshly just now.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Whether or not God may have mercy, can you yield me your pardon?
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
I beg pardon, sir, were you waiting long on me?
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
Pardon me, though, I see I'm late inspecting.
"Waring's Peril" by Charles King
I was presumptuous; and you must pardon me.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Pardon me, but you are like a person who should turn the Thames in upon his house, when he merely wanted his door-steps scrubbed.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
Monsieur will pardon me, but I have not a moment to spare.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Pardon me; I stood too close to you.
"The Devil" by Joseph O'Brien
Then as Bertha rose, he sank on his knees in her place, 'Bless me, bless me, too, mother; bless me, and pardon my many acts of self-will.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Please pardon me for not introducing myself.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
Again I say, pardon me, dearest Agnes.
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Pardon me, monsieur, but I do not understand your people.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Pardon me these questions, Helene.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
You'll pardon me, won't you?
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Pardon me, but I really must warm my feet.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Pardon me, may I ask?
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
Pardon me for repeating the vile epithets he made use of.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Wilt thou pardon me?
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Pardon me, dear friends, I know that you must do the same, and I do not grudge at it!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I hope he will pardon me if I think otherwise.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Give me to read my pardon sealed,
And from thy joy to draw my strength;
To have thy boundless love revealed
In all its height, and breadth, and length.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (II)" by John Newton
Am I not right? Ah! believe me, that ever
Since we joined company at the posada
I've watched you closely, and--pardon an old priest--
I've caught you smiling!
"Jack Of The Tules" by Francis Bret Harte
To kneel at the altar of mercy and pray
That pardon and grace, through His Son,
May comfort my soul all the wearisome day,
And cheer me with hope when 'tis done;
"Resolutions For The Day" by Mary Baker Eddy
Pardon me all the crimes that I have done,
E'en from my childhood to the present hour —
Nor let the vengeance on my head come down,
Which I've deserv'd from thy Almighty's pow'r :
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard
On this the bride all blushing did rise,
The pearly drops standing within her fair eyes.
"O pardon my father, grave nobles," quoth she,
"That through blind affection thus doteth on me."
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
Is crucified for me and you,
To bring us rebels back to God:
Believe, believe the record true,
Ye all are bought with Jesu's blood,
Pardon for all flows from his side;
My Lord, my Love is crucified.
"Hymn XXVIII: Love Divine! What Hast Thou Done!" by Charles Wesley

In news:

Pardon me, just for a moment.
Pardon me while I quote from the 2012 Nevada Republican Party Platform.
But did he have to call the song "Pardon Me Chardon".
The Blow Pardon Me Paper Television.
Pardon me while I spit out the blue Kool-Aid I was drinking, believing that Penn State was actually a really good team.
Pardon me if you've heard this refrain before, but I try hard to find a reason to come here.
Pardon my French, but that's not me talking.
Pardon me while I vent.
Pardon me if I seem a little blue.
I hope you'll pardon me on this bright, sunny, beautiful fall morning, if I'm thinking about death.
Pardon me for being cynical, but there is more concern than ever, not less, that much of local government is being conducted away from the sight of the public and media.
Pardon me while I yawn.
Beyond that, the band has an undeniable sense of swagger, boogie and soul that permeates every song on their debut, Pardon Me.
Pardon Me May I Shoot You.
Pardon me if I am missing an integral part of the puzzle, but I fail to see the relevance of the controversy over the use of red light cameras in our fair city to aid in the capture of those who opt to ignore those signals.
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In science:

Then he asks the Guard: “Name me one of my fellows who will be pardoned.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
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