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



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrdn//
    Types of punishment
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  1. 1(British English free pardon) (law) [countable] an official decision not to punish somebody for a crime, or to say that somebody is not guilty of a crime to ask/grant/receive a pardon a royal/presidential pardon (North American English) The Pardon Board has no power to stop execution. See related entries: Types of punishment
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) pardon (for something) the action of forgiving somebody for something synonym forgiveness He asked her pardon for having deceived her.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French pardun (noun), pardoner (verb), from medieval Latin perdonare ‘concede, remit’, from per- ‘completely’ + donare ‘give’.Extra examples She asked for a pardon for her crime. The government offered a free pardon to the rebels. The king issued a general pardon to all those involved in the rebellion. posthumous pardons granted to soldiers shot for cowardice He would soon be granted a pardon, returning to England a year later. She begged his pardon for disturbing him. They were released from prison yesterday as a result of a presidential pardon.Idioms
    beg somebody’s pardon
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    (formal, especially British English) to ask somebody to forgive you for something you have said or done He returned to beg her pardon for his sudden outburst.
    1. 1(formal) used to tell somebody that you are sorry for something you have said or done I beg your pardon, I thought that was my coat.
    2. 2used to ask somebody to repeat what they have just said because you did not hear ‘It's on Duke Street.’ ‘I beg your pardon.’ ‘Duke Street.’
    3. 3(British English) used to tell somebody that you are offended by what they have just said or by the way that they have said it ‘Just go away.’ ‘I beg your pardon!’
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