condone

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condone (third-person singular simple present condones, present participle condoning, simple past and past participle condoned)

  1. (transitive) To forgive, excuse or overlook (something).
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]?  Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?
  2. (transitive) To allow, accept or permit (something).
  3. (transitive, law) To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).

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