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Definition of Forgive


  1. To give wholly; to make over without reservation; to resign.
  2. To give up resentment or claim to requital on account of (an offense or wrong); to remit the penalty of; to pardon; -- said in reference to the act forgiven.
  3. To cease to feel resentment against, on account of wrong committed; to give up claim to requital from or retribution upon (an offender); to absolve; to pardon; -- said of the person offending.

Forgive Quotations

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

John F. Kennedy Quote
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy

Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde
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Forgive Translations

forgive in Afrikaans is vergeef
forgive in Dutch is begenadigen, vergeven
forgive in Finnish is antaa anteeksi
forgive in French is pardonner, pardonnons, pardonnent, pardonnez
forgive in German is verzeihe, verzeihen, verzeihen
forgive in Italian is perdonare, perdono
forgive in Norwegian is tilgi, forlate
forgive in Portuguese is perdoe
forgive in Spanish is perdonar

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