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forgiveness Line breaks: for¦give|ness
Pronunciation: /fəˈɡɪvnɪs/

Definition of forgiveness in English:


[mass noun]
The action or process of forgiving or being forgiven: she is quick to ask forgiveness when she has overstepped the line
More example sentences
  • We need to create a culture of tolerance and forgiveness and join hands together as one nation.
  • Funny how we really learn to forgive when we need forgiveness ourselves.
  • It's the teacher who teaches you how to live a life of tolerance, forgiveness and so on.
pardon, absolution, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, understanding, tolerance, purgation, clemency, mercy, pity, lenience, leniency, quarter;
informal let-off, letting off
archaic shrift, shriving


Old English forgiefenes, from forgiefen (past participle of forgiefan 'forgive') + the noun suffix -nes.

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