What does forgiveness mean?

Definitions for forgiveness
fərˈgɪv nɪsfor·give·ness

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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

Wiktionary

  1. forgiveness(Noun)

    The action of forgiving.

    Etymology: From forgiven + -ness.

  2. forgiveness(Noun)

    Readiness to forgive.

    Etymology: 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

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  

How to pronounce forgiveness?

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How to say forgiveness in sign language?

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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. Ethan Miller/Getty Images:

    When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness. It wasn't the dream that I had hoped for, and it would have been easier to fan the flames of resentment, disappointmentand anger, but Marc is the father of my children, and that's never going away. So, I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do.

  2. Unknown:

    We are all instantly forgiven but in order to benefit from this forgiveness, we must in turn forgive others and ourselves.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Most people don’t require forgiveness for own committed sins from their victims or others because they themselves are quite capable of forgiving themselves repeatedly.

  4. Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes:

    I humbly beg forgiveness from the people of France, the staff and security of the Bataclan, my fans, my family, friends and anyone else hurt or offended by the absurd accusations I made in my Fox Business Channel interview.

  5. Tonya Harding:

    I don’t want her anywhere near me. I don’t want her anywhere near my son, she wants forgiveness. She wants to see me. She wants to make amends. She wants to meet and be part of the family. Hell no.

Images & Illustrations of forgiveness

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