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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.

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:

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

How to pronounce forgiveness?

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Daniel
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Veena
Veena
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How to say forgiveness in sign language?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#8158mercy
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#299128benignity

How to use forgiveness in a sentence?

  1. W. H. Auden:

    Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.

  2. William Blake:

    Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Given the demands of the job and the bubble, I can't come here and just go upcountry and visit for a week and meet everybody, and that's partly what I had to explain, begging for forgiveness that once I'm a private citizen, I'll have more freedom to reconnect.

  4. Real Live Preacher:

    It really doesnt matter if the person who hurt you deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. You have things to do and you want to move on.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often say"Forgive and Forget." That's the correct sequence IMHO. If you want to forget someone or some unpleasant event, you must first forgive. Forgiveness is the precursor to Forgetting. If you don't forgive, you'll never forget, and that someone or that unpleasant event will stay with you, carved inside your heart and deep in your mind. Like a magma chamber of a volcano, you will then embody the hot burning lava of hate and volcanic ashes of bad memories. So to move on with life, you ought to learn to forgive, first and foremost, even the worst people round you. The stream of life would then flow smoothly and seamlessly - onwards and upwards.


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