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Synonyms for forgiveness
fərˈgɪv nɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forgiveness(noun)

    compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive

    Synonyms:
    pardon

  2. forgiveness, pardon(noun)

    the act of excusing a mistake or offense

    Synonyms:
    free pardon, amnesty, pardon

Wiktionary

  1. forgiveness(noun)

    The action of forgiving.

    Synonyms:
    remission

  2. forgiveness(noun)

    Readiness to forgive.

    Synonyms:
    mercy

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. forgiveness

    Mercy is the exercise of less severity than one deserves, or in a more extended sense, the granting of kindness or favor beyond what one may rightly claim. Grace is favor, kindness, or blessing shown to the undeserving; forgiveness, mercy, and pardon are exercised toward the ill-deserving. Pardon remits the outward penalty which the offender deserves; forgiveness dismisses resentment or displeasure from the heart of the one offended; mercy seeks the highest possible good of the offender. There may be mercy without pardon, as in the mitigation of sentence, or in all possible alleviation of necessary severity; there may be cases where pardon would not be mercy, since it would encourage to repetition of the offense, from which timely punishment might have saved. Mercy is also used in the wider sense of refraining from harshness or cruelty toward those who are in one's power without fault of their own; as, they besought the robber to have mercy. Clemency is a colder word than mercy, and without its religious associations, signifying mildness and moderation in the use of power where severity would have legal or military, rather than moral sanction; it often denotes a habitual mildness of disposition on the part of the powerful, and is matter rather of good nature or policy than of principle. Leniency or lenity denotes an easy-going avoidance of severity; these words are more general and less magisterial than clemency; we should speak of the leniency of a parent, the clemency of a conqueror. Compare PITY.

    Synonyms:
    benevolence, benignity, blessing, clemency, compassion, favor, forbearance, gentleness, grace, kindness, lenience, leniency, lenity, mercy, mildness, pardon, pardon, pity, tenderness

    Antonyms:
    cruelty, hardness, harshness, implacability, justice, penalty, punishment, revenge, rigor, severity, sternness, vengeance

    Preposition:
    The mercy of God to or toward sinners; have mercy on or upon one.

Editors Contribution

  1. clemancy

    Submitted by anonymous on January 3, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. forgiveness(n.)

    Synonyms:
    PARDON, absolution, remission, acquittal

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. forgiveness(n)

    Synonyms:
    pardon, remission, absolution, condonation, acquittal, indulgence

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "forgiveness":

    pardon, cancellation, sorry, forgive, remission, write-off, exoneration, clemency, relief

How to pronounce forgiveness?

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Daniel
British
Karen
Karen
Australian
Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say forgiveness in sign language?

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How to use forgiveness in a sentence?

  1. Splash News:

    We were both at fault, we both neglected the relationship, but we’ve found forgiveness. i was heartbroken.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness; it is an attribute of bravery.

  3. Momcilo Krajisnik:

    Apologies are not needed or possible here, we need forgiveness, that everyone forgives everyone else.

  4. Charlotte Charles:

    If she'd have stayed and faced us as a family we could have found that forgiveness... but forgiving her for leaving, I'm nowhere near.

  5. Fabiana Perez:

    As a public figure, I should be setting a better example. Today, I ask for forgiveness and want to show that this will not happen again. I understand there will be more backlash and I’m leaving everything in God’s hands.


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