Definition for FOR-GIVE-NESS

FOR-GIVE-NESS, n. [forgiv'ness.]

  1. The act of forgiving; the pardon of an offender, by which he is considered and treated as not guilty. The forgiveness of enemies is a Christian duty.
  2. The pardon or remission of an offense or crime; as, the forgiveness of sin or of injuries.
  3. Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive. And mild forgiveness intercede / To stop the coming blow. Dryden.
  4. Remission of a debt, fine or penalty.

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