• 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
Forgiveness made him glow.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Just 'I forgive you'!
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
Forgive him with the fullest, frankest, freest pardon, if he would only take forgiveness.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Do you think God can forgive a man when he does not want to be forgiven?
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
But yet with Thee forgiveness is, That fear'd Thou mayest be.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
As for the Prince, if he would take and strangle his wife, I would forgive him yet.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Forgive me if I have not used the right word; I can think now of no other.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
How can he bestow forgiveness who must seek the like forgiveness?
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
You forgive me, I know; pray God to forgive me, whether I live or die.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
Oh, forgive me, Jane dear.
"Man and Maid" by E. (Edith) Nesbit

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
Only after the TFT strategy has eliminated the non-cooperative strategies, the forgiving TFT can take over.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
The prominent astronomer who offered this sentiment was perhaps a little premature, but his excess of enthusiasm was forgivable considering the stream of beautiful data on the high redshift universe that had just begun to emerge.
Starbursts and Galaxy Evolution
This prior is more favourable to higher mass components: if the presence of an extra component were being suppressed by the Jeffreys prior then we would be more likely to see it with the more forgiving uniform distribution.
Physical component analysis of galaxy cluster weak gravitational lensing data
We shall gratefully forgive him, he asked important questions and his efforts led to new fields such as quantum communication and quantum cryptography.
Where Bell went wrong
AATAC is very forgiving of cloudy nights and instrument failures, but not of laziness or a lack of postdoc students!.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
This overview will be at a fairly high level of abstraction - not re-showing individual plots or results. I ask the forgiveness of those who will have been slighted in this way - meaning all the presenters.
CHARM 2010: Experiment Summary and Future Charm Facilities
Another key attribute of paper that lends to its popularity as a medium is its forgiving and open format.
Examining Motivations behind Paper Usage in Academia
Our emotional attitudes are also different; for instance, some of us may be more forgiving of errors than others.
True Peer Review
Each measurement is quite delicate and time consuming, hence the reader will probably forgive us for not having done all the experiments that one finds natural to do.
Chaotic principle: an experimental test
All aspects were covered here in a variety of excellent plenary talks and contributions; I hope the speakers will forgive me for concentrating on the progress in physics as I see it, rather than on individual talks.
QCD & QGP: A Summary