• 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
    • n forgiveness the act of excusing a mistake or offense
    • n forgiveness compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forgiveness Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive. "If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared."
    • Forgiveness The act of forgiving; the state of being forgiven; as, the forgiveness of sin or of injuries. "To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses .""In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sin."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forgiveness The act of forgiving; the act of granting pardon, as for a wrong, offense, or sin; remission of an obligation, debt, or penalty; pardon.
    • n forgiveness Disposition or willingness to forgive or pardon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Forgiveness pardon: remission: disposition to pardon
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  • Hyman G. Rickover
    Hyman G. Rickover
    “If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won t.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won t.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”


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
AS. forgifnes,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forgiefan—pfx. for-, away, giefan, to give; cf. Ger. ver-geben.


In literature:

As it is, you have nothing to forgive, and you have saved yourself a good many tears.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
She implores his forgiveness for her long silence.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Forgive me, sire, for the expression I have used.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
You asked them to forgive?
"The Alchemist's Secret" by Isabel Cecilia Williams
I would forgive your raillery, however painful it might be, if it were only fair.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
That is my secret, and if you betray me I will never forgive you.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
These blockheads will never forgive me for being a Frenchman, and for having, consequently, a predilection for France and her heroic emperor.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
She would forgive me anything, I believe, if there were anything I had to ask her to forgive.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I will beg her forgiveness, and she will forgive me.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
If God forgives us, sooner or later our fellow-creatures will forgive us, if we live a true life.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
We will forgive all your mediaeval, if you will forgive us our modern sins.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic
Could I forgive her my angry humiliation and my sore heart, bruised love and burning ridicule?
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
The story might, so to speak, ask its reader's forgiveness for so sudden a break into the narrative.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
He could not forgive her, but he could not be unfeeling.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
You must forgive me, dearest, for this: I did not see the consequence of my promise when I made it first.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
I will tell him that I cannot forgive myself until he forgives me.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
It was the old Emma that did it; not I. Forgive me, I pray you, forgive me!
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
Will you forgive me that with the morning I again begin my complaints?
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
But not just yet, you know; not until uncle Darcy relents and forgives.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
He added that he had asked God's forgiveness for this past life, and that he felt he must ask her forgiveness also.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro

In poetry:

`And seven more loves in my bed
Crown with wine my mournful head,
Pitying and forgiving all
Thy transgressions great and small.
"My Spectre Around Me Night and Day" by William Blake
Then the man,
`His deeds yet live, the worst is yet to come.
Yet let your sleep for this one night be sound:
I do forgive him!'
"Sea Dreams" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ah! shall we meet at last in heav'n,
As here on earth we meet;
And there, redeem'd, with sins forgiv'n,
Each other kindly greet?
"Meet In Heaven" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Be thou my guide, and let me live
As under thine all-seeing eye;
Supply my wants, my sins forgive,
And make me happy when I die.
"Morning Prayer For A Child" by John Pierpont
Show pity, Lord, O Lord, forgive,
Let a repenting rebel live:
Are not thy mercies large and free?
May not a sinner trust in thee?
"Psalm 51 part 1" by Isaac Watts
But what of those--the dead who live!
The living dead, whose lot
Is still to love--ah, God forgive!--
To live and love, forgot!--
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

My question is, should I ever forgive her, and if so, why.
You can choose to forgive them and simply remove yourself from their field of influence, if indeed they still intend to be in your life.
Eagles fans, who can be unforgiving, appear to be mostly in a forgiving mood when it comes to Michael Vick joining the team.
The Paris Club's rules allow it to forgive the debt only of internationally recognized governments.
Will I choose to forgive , as I have been forgiven , to love as I am loved.
Neck snare is a 'non- forgiving and nonselective' killer, former trapper says.
How about a " Fortnight for Forgiveness," an idea stemming from a few thoughts within Catholicism.
It used to be that a little chatter was easy to forgive.
Forgive frozen food manufacturers if they would prefer to see the status quo remain for just a little while longer.
Madonna forgives Elton John, Galliano stripped of award.
Forgiveness in Wartorn African Nations.
'The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz,' runs a mind-bending quip.
The admitted killer of 12-year-old Emily Haddock asked her family to forgive him Tuesday before he was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Many are very forgiving when it comes to picking.
To forgive or not to forgive — that is the question.

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