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. Cognate with Dutch vergiffenis.

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forgiveness (usually uncountable, plural forgivenesses)

  1. The action of forgiving.
    • (Can we date this quote by Mahatma Gandhi and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
  2. Readiness to forgive.

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