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P`ARDON, L. per and dono, to give per having the sense of the English for in forgive, and re in L. remitto, properly to give back or away.

1. To forgive to remit as an offense or crime. Guilt implies a being bound or subjected to censure, penalty or punishment. To pardon, is to give up this obligation, and release the offender. We apply the word to the crime or to the person. We pardon an offense, when we remove it from the offender and consider him as not guilty we pardon the offender, when we release or absolve him from his liability to suffer punishment.

I pray thee, pardon my sin. 1 Samuel 15

2. To remit, as a penalty.

I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.

3. To excuse, as for a fault.
4. Pardon me, is a phrase used when one asks for excuse, or makes an apology, and it is often used in this sense, when a person means civilly to deny or contradict what another affirms.

P`ARDON, n. Forgiveness the release of an offense or of the obligation of the offender to suffer a penalty, or to bear the displeasure of the offended party. We seek the pardon of sins, transgressions and offenses.

1. Remission of a penalty. An amnesty is a general pardon.
2. Forgiveness received.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Pardon'. King James Dictionary.

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