• The Ferris Wheel wuz indeed nigh to us, and I forgive Josiah for his ardor when I see it
    The Ferris Wheel wuz indeed nigh to us, and I forgive Josiah for his ardor when I see it
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v forgive stop blaming or grant forgiveness "I forgave him his infidelity","She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday"
    • v forgive absolve from payment "I forgive you your debt"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forgive To cease to feel resentment against, on account of wrong committed; to give up claim to requital from or retribution upon (an offender); to absolve; to pardon; -- said of the person offending. "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.""I as free forgive you, as I would be fforgiven ."
    • Forgive To give up resentment or claim to requital on account of (an offense or wrong); to remit the penalty of; to pardon; -- said in reference to the act forgiven. "And their sins should be forgiven them.""He forgive injures so readily that he might be said to invite them."
    • Forgive To give wholly; to make over without reservation; to resign. "To them that list the world's gay shows I leave,
      And to great ones such folly do forgive ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forgive To give up; resign.
    • forgive To give; grant.
    • forgive To grant free pardon for or remission of, as a wrongful act or an obligation; give up all claims for or on account of: sometimes with the thing forgiven as direct objective (accusative), preceded by the person as indirect objective (dative): as, to forgive an injury; to forgive a person his debts.
    • forgive To grant free pardon to; cease to blame or feel resentment against; restore to good will.
    • forgive Synonyms To pass over, overlook.
    • forgive Pardon, Forgive (see pardon); to excuse, let off.
    • forgive To exercise forgiveness; be lenient or forgiving.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Forgive for-giv′ to pardon: to overlook an offence or debt:
    • v.i Forgive to be merciful or forgiving
    • v.t Forgive for-giv′ (Spens.) to give up
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  • Jessamyn West
    Jessamyn West
    “It's very easy to forgive others their mistakes, it takes more gut and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “The public seldom forgive twice.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “You gave him an opportunity of showing greatness of character and he did not seize it. He will never forgive you for that.”
  • Robert Frost
    “To be social is to be forgiving.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.”


To err is human, to forgive divine - This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. forgiven, foryiven, foryeven, AS. forgiefan, forgifan,; perh. for-, + giefan, gifan, to give; cf. D. vergeven, G. vergeben, Icel. fyrirgefa, Sw. frgifva, Goth. fragiban, to give, grant. See For-, and Give (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forgiefan—pfx. for-, away, giefan, to give; cf. Ger. ver-geben.


In literature:

Forgive me, Gabriella, my darling, forgive me.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
You'll forgive me, darling, won't you?
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Not that God was more willing to forgive the publican than to forgive the Pharisee; but because the Pharisee did not ask forgiveness.
"The Parables of Our Lord" by William Arnot
That was not her fault; I forgive her that.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Oh, forgive me, Agatha!
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
The hard thing would be not to forgive.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Sir Francis Geraldine, I feel that I have to ask you to forgive me.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
It is your part, if any thing has fallen out contrary to expectation, to forgive me.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
But," again holding out her hand to him, with a charming smile "I forgive you now.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
So big a thing as the soul can afford to forgive so small a thing as the body.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray

In poetry:

"A thousand lie beneath the sky,
They rot beneath the sun,
And we who live shall not forgive
This deed your hand hath done!"
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany
Grand in forgiveness, what to thee
The big world's puny prate!
Or thy great heart hath ceased to be
Or loveth still its mate!
"To The Same" by George MacDonald
A second look He gave, which said,
“I freely all forgive;
This blood is for thy ransom paid;
I die that thou mayst live.”
"In Evil Long I Took Delight" by John Newton
And near me, in the sinking night,
More thoughts than move in me—
Forgiving wrong, and loving right,
And waiting till I see.
"Songs of the Autumn Nights" by George MacDonald
All glorious gleams the blessed land!—
O God, forgive, I pray:
The heart thou holdest in thy hand
Loves more this sunny day!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
He is not angered nor forgiving;
He does not sever dead from living,
But sees them all as long gone by,
Returning in futurity.
"The Watcher" by Mary Webb

In news:

Forgive us and teach us.
On forgiveness and being forgiven.
A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness.
Holocaust Forgiveness Advocate Eva Kor .
Holocaust Forgiveness Advocate Eva Kor July 13, 2007 Episode no 1046.
But she then blames her sisters, not him, but reverses course, and forgives all, as she is forgiven by her savior.
Is it normal, understandable, forgivable to have conflicting feelings toward your father and his (second, current) wife, when their relationship started while your father was still married to your mother.
A collection of quotes to inspire forgiveness and set you free.
Iyanla Vanzant on How the Ego Can Block Forgiveness.
Jakes on art of giving — and receiving — forgiveness.
You'll have to forgive the lateness, but I just got around to reading Naomi Schaefer Riley's recent post on Black Studies.
Forgiveness is a wonderful thing.
The federal government will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion, according to a new Education Department rule from the Obama administration.
I also wonder if Weiner's Jewish constituents will be as willing to forgive and forget.
Hope and forgiveness have been exposed to me in real and piercing ways over the freedom ride, the past two days especially.

In science:

Technology and Manufacturing 8-10 meter diameter class primary mirrors have been manufactured in both Europe and the United States, but these have been for ground use where the functional requirements are less exacting, and the areal densities are higher and more forgiving of optical processes.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
My hope is that those whose work was not mentioned in these notes will (forgive the author and) send me their critical comments.
Branching diffusions, superdiffusions and random media
Monochromatic luminosity has no arbitrariness. I have no quarrel with Claudius Ptolemaios for his assigning magnitudes between 1 and 7 to the stars that are visible to the naked eye, but I somehow think that he will forgive us if we switch to a more convenient notation.
When teaching: Out with magnitudes, in with monochromatic luminosities!
The reader shall forgive us if we recall here concepts that have been perused in all the textbooks of relativity since a long time.
The group aspect in the physical interpretation of general relativity theory
If I don’t get them all without small errors, please forgive me.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations