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pardon

par·don

pardon

 
 
pronunciation:
par dn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an official release from the punishment attending a crime or conviction.
He was to hang for the crime, but the governor granted him a pardon.
synonyms:
reprieve
antonyms:
punishment
similar words:
absolution, amnesty, clemency, excuse, mercy, release, remission
definition 2: the document that effects such a release.
The governor still has to sign the pardon.
synonyms:
reprieve
definition 3: forgiveness for a minor discourtesy.
I beg your pardon, I didn't mean to disturb you.
synonyms:
forgiveness
similar words:
clemency, excuse, forbearance, indulgence
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pardoned, pardoning, pardons
definition 1: to release (a person) from punishment for a crime or other offense.
He was convicted but the governor pardoned him.
synonyms:
let off, reprieve
antonyms:
punish
similar words:
absolve, amnesty, discharge, emancipate, exculpate, forgive, free, liberate, make allowance for, release
definition 2: to remit the punishment for (a crime or other offense).
The President pardoned his offense.
synonyms:
remit
similar words:
absolve, excuse
definition 3: to forgive or excuse.
Pardon my clumsiness.Pardon me for interrupting.
synonyms:
excuse, overlook
antonyms:
condemn
similar words:
forgive, remit
derivations: pardonable (adj.), pardonably (adv.)
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Word Parts
The word pardon contains the following part:
don, donat, dat Latin root that means give