What does forgiveness mean?

Definitions for forgiveness
fərˈgɪv nɪsfor·give·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forgivenessnoun

    compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive

  2. forgiveness, pardonnoun

    the act of excusing a mistake or offense

Wiktionary

  1. forgivenessnoun

    The action of forgiving.

    Etymology: From forgiven + -ness.

  2. forgivenessnoun

    Readiness to forgive.

    Etymology: From forgiven + -ness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forgivenessnoun

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

  2. Forgivenessnoun

    disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive

Freebase

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. forgiveness

    The act and fact of to forgive.

    Their forgiveness empowered the creation of peace, unity, love and understanding, optimum health and shared prosperity for all.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

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Numerology

  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

Examples of forgiveness in a Sentence

  1. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Happiness is a perception of the mind that comes from forgiveness and love.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    War or violence never can destroy enemies, only forgiveness can do that.

  3. Father Daniel Alkhory:

    I just keep telling the kids you have to forgive. Forgiveness will lead us to so many paths. I don't want them to grow up and be after revenge and be angry, we want to make a party for them every day.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Unforgiveness/bitterness is self-destructive i.e. it's harmful to you/oneself. So, say NO to bitterness/unforgiveness and say YES to happiness/forgiveness.

  5. Danry Vasquez:

    I also realize that scenes from this incident were powerful, 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.

Images & Illustrations of forgiveness

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