Definition of forgiveness in English:

forgiveness

noun

  • [mass noun] The action or process of forgiving or being forgiven:

    ‘she is quick to ask forgiveness when she has overstepped the line’
    • ‘I said all my prayers and asked for God's forgiveness for my sins and lunged forward.’
    • ‘It's the teacher who teaches you how to live a life of tolerance, forgiveness and so on.’
    • ‘People commit wrong actions, for which they require forgiveness or acquittal.’
    • ‘This is as it should be in a season of forgiveness, of rediscovering tolerance and joy.’
    • ‘Instead of just asking me for forgiveness, stop committing sins and do good.’
    • ‘I now repent of all that is past and ask for your forgiveness for all my sins.’
    • ‘I tried to explain that I was making art, but there was absolutely no forgiveness.’
    • ‘Each moment is hell and my only salvation stems from the mercy of your forgiveness!’
    • ‘Christianity is a liberating religion, and forgiveness of sins is a liberating experience.’
    • ‘Therefore, we must turn around, change direction, and come to God for mercy and forgiveness.’
    • ‘In what ways is your perspective about sin and forgiveness being challenged?’
    • ‘On balance, I think I would have to come down on the side of mercy and forgiveness.’
    • ‘We need to create a culture of tolerance and forgiveness and join hands together as one nation.’
    • ‘I begged him for forgiveness of all my sins, and through Jesus I was pardoned.’
    • ‘We need to cast ourselves upon God's mercy and seek forgiveness through Jesus Christ.’
    • ‘When we sin we are to confess that sin, obtaining both forgiveness and cleansing.’
    • ‘Redemption and forgiveness of sins is through the direct agency of his shed blood.’
    • ‘Yet the atoning death of Jesus is the only basis on which man can claim forgiveness of sins.’
    • ‘It is a sign of grace, both a confession of sin and a penance by which forgiveness may be obtained.’
    • ‘Funny how we really learn to forgive when we need forgiveness ourselves.’
    pardon, absolution, exoneration, remission, dispensation, indulgence, understanding, tolerance, purgation, clemency, mercy, pity, lenience, leniency, quarter
    reprieve, discharge, amnesty, delivery, acquittal, clearing, pardoning, condoning, condonation, vindication, exculpation
    let-off, letting off
    shrift, shriving
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Origin

Old English forgiefenes, from forgiefen (past participle of forgiefan ‘forgive’) + the noun suffix -nes.

Pronunciation:

forgiveness

/fəˈɡɪvnɪs/