pardon

If you belch, interrupt a conversation, or leave the table during dinner, you’re expected to say “Pardon me.” Once you’ve requested your companions’ pardon, or forgiveness, you can assume you have it; you don’t need to wait for their response.

The word pardon often occurs in the phrases “Pardon me” and “I beg your pardon.” (While “I beg your pardon” literally means “I request your forgiveness,” it’s used to indicate that the speaker did not hear what was just said.) Outside of these everyday phrases, pardon is typically used in formal or legal situations. If the president pardons a criminal, for example, the criminal is forgiven in the sense that he or she no longer has to serve the penalty for the crime.

Definitions of pardon
1

v accept an excuse for

Synonyms:
excuse
Type of:
forgive
stop blaming or grant forgiveness

v grant a pardon to

“Ford pardoned Nixon”
“The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President”
Types:
amnesty
grant a pardon to (a group of people)
Type of:
forgive
stop blaming or grant forgiveness

n the act of excusing a mistake or offense

Synonyms:
forgiveness
Types:
condonation
a pardon by treating the offender as if the offense had not occurred
exculpation
the act of freeing from guilt or blame
Type of:
benignity, kindness
a kind act

n the formal act of liberating someone

Synonyms:
amnesty, free pardon
Type of:
clemency, mercifulness, mercy
leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

n a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense

Synonyms:
amnesty
Type of:
warrant
a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts

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