from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of forgiving; pardon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The action of forgiving.
- n. Readiness to forgive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of forgiving; the state of being forgiven.
- n. Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of forgiving; the act of granting pardon, as for a wrong, offense, or sin; remission of an obligation, debt, or penalty; pardon.
- n. Disposition or willingness to forgive or pardon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of excusing a mistake or offense
- n. compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
While some say they do not feel comfortable using the word forgiveness because it's open to so many messy interpretations, I believe all would embrace the concept, if they knew of Ginn Fourie's favorite definition which states that - "Forgiveness is the principled decision to give up your justifiable right to revenge."
I struggle with the word forgiveness because it still sounds like a 'get out of jail free' card.
The word forgiveness hauls me back to when I was a young Catholic girl.
While the U.S. has a tradition of forgiveness, politicians seem able to gain forgiveness from the public and come back after just about anything.
Maybe they are, but that doesn't strike me as a good reason to sound like some raging partisan fundamentalist who has no concept of the term forgiveness for personal transgressions in the distant past.
And you know, his voice is quite representative of a large segment of society, and you know, it's and even the word forgiveness, which is a huge word and it raises a lot of stuff for people.
But a single way was still left, that is, if we purchased the same for money from the Roman Pope, bought for ourselves, therefore, the Pope's indulgence, which he called the forgiveness of sins and a certain entrance into eternal life.
So she says this is not amnesty, which she defines as forgiveness for wrongdoing.
To all the regretful Obama voters ... forgiveness is available 7 x 70.
As people of faith, forgiveness is what we are called to do; for our own good!
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