forgiveness

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From Middle English forgiveness, forgifnes, from Old English forġifnes, forġiefnes, forġiefennes (forgiveness, remission, indulgence, permission, literally forgivenness), equivalent to forgiven +‎ -ness.

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forgiveness (uncountable)

  1. The action of forgiving.
    The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi
  2. Readiness to forgive.

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