Pardon me, forgive me; excuse me; — a phrase used also to express courteous denial or contradiction.

Syn. — To forgive; absolve; excuse; overlook; remit; acquit. See Excuse.

(Par"don*a*ble) a. [Cf. F. pardonnable.] Admitting of pardon; not requiring the excution of penalty; venial; excusable; — applied to the offense or to the offender; as, a pardonable fault, or culprit.

(Par"don*a*ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being pardonable; as, the pardonableness of sin. Bp. Hall.

(Par"don*a*bly), adv. In a manner admitting of pardon; excusably. Dryden.

(Par"don*er) n.

1. One who pardons. Shak.

2. A seller of indulgences. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Par"don*ing), a. Relating to pardon; having or exercising the right to pardon; willing to pardon; merciful; as, the pardoning power; a pardoning God.

2. An official warrant of remission of penalty.

Sign me a present pardon for my brother.

3. The state of being forgiven. South.

4. (Law) A release, by a sovereign, or officer having jurisdiction, from the penalties of an offense, being distinguished from amenesty, which is a general obliteration and canceling of a particular line of past offenses.

Syn. — Forgiveness; remission. See Forgiveness.

(Par"don), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pardoned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pardoning.] [Either fr. pardon, n., or from F. pardonner, LL. perdonare; L. per through, thoroughly, perfectly + donare to give, to present. See Par- , and Donation.]

1. To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; — applied to the offender.

In this thing the Lord pardon thy servant.
2 Kings v. 18.

I pray you, pardon me; pray heartily, pardom me.

2. To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; — applied to offenses.

I pray thee, pardon my sin.
1 S. xv. 25.

Apollo, pardon
My great profaneness 'gainst thine oracle

3. To refrain from exacting as a penalty.

I pardon thee thy life before thou ask it.

4. To give leave (of departure) to. [Obs.]

Even now about it! I will pardon you.

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