The act of pardoning; forgiveness, as of an offender, or of an offense; release from penalty; remission of punishment; absolution.
An official warrant of remission of penalty.
The state of being forgiven.
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.
To absolve from the consequences of a fault or the punishment of crime; to free from penalty; -- applied to the offender.
To remit the penalty of; to suffer to pass without punishment; to forgive; -- applied to offenses.
And what does reward virtue? You think the communist commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think, excuse me, if you'll pardon me, American presidents reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout? Milton Friedman
pardon in Afrikaans is vergeef, vergifnis
pardon in Dutch is vergeven, begenadigen
pardon in Finnish is antaa anteeksi
pardon in French is pardonner, pardon
pardon in German is Verzeihung
pardon in Italian is venia
pardon in Latin is omitto, venia
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