Definition of forgiveness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fəˈɡɪvnəs//
; NAmE NAmE//fərˈɡɪvnəs//
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the act of forgiving somebody; willingness to forgive somebody to pray for God’s forgiveness the forgiveness of sins He begged forgiveness for what he had done. Word OriginOld English forgiefenes, from forgiefen (past participle of forgiefan ‘forgive’) + the noun suffix -nes.Extra examples He begged her forgiveness for his mistake. victims of violence who can nevertheless find forgiveness in their hearts There can be no progress without forgiveness.
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