What does Forgiveness mean?

Definitions for Forgivenessfərˈgɪv nɪs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Forgiveness.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forgiveness(noun)

    compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive

  2. forgiveness, pardon(noun)

    the act of excusing a mistake or offense


  1. forgiveness(Noun)

    The action of forgiving.

  2. forgiveness(Noun)

    Readiness to forgive.

  3. Origin: From forgiven + -ness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgiveness(noun)

    the act of forgiving; the state of being forgiven; as, the forgiveness of sin or of injuries

  2. Forgiveness(noun)

    disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive


  1. Forgiveness

    Forgiveness is the renunciation or cessation of resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offence, disagreement, or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. The Oxford English Dictionary defines forgiveness as 'to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offence or debt'. The concept and benefits of forgiveness have been explored in religious thought, the social sciences and medicine. Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the person who forgives including forgiving themselves, in terms of the person forgiven or in terms of the relationship between the forgiver and the person forgiven. In most contexts, forgiveness is granted without any expectation of restorative justice, and without any response on the part of the offender. In practical terms, it may be necessary for the offender to offer some form of acknowledgment, an apology, or even just ask for forgiveness, in order for the wronged person to believe himself able to forgive. Most world religions include teachings on the nature of forgiveness, and many of these teachings provide an underlying basis for many varying modern day traditions and practices of forgiveness. Some religious doctrines or philosophies place greater emphasis on the need for humans to find some sort of divine forgiveness for their own shortcomings, others place greater emphasis on the need for humans to practice forgiveness of one another, yet others make little or no distinction between human and divine forgiveness.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forgiveness in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Forgiveness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Norman Cousins:

    Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

  2. Isaac Friedmann:

    Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.

  3. A Course In Miracles:

    Forgiveness is the key to happiness.

  4. Heather Cho:

    I don't know how to find forgiveness.

  5. Gerald Jampolsky:

    Forgiveness means letting go of the past.

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