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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun For*give"ness
  1. The act of forgiving; the state of being forgiven; as, the forgiveness of sin or of injuries."To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses." [Dan. ix. 9.]"In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sin." [Eph. i. 7.]
  2. Disposition to pardon; willingness to forgive."If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared." [Ps. cxxx. 3, 4.]
    synonyms: Pardon, remission.

Usage: Forgiveness Pardon. Forgiveness is Anglo-Saxon, and pardon Norman French, both implying a giving back. The word pardon, being early used in our Bible, has, in religious matters, the same sense as forgiveness; but in the language of common life there is a difference between them, such as we often find between corresponding Anglo-Saxon and Norman words. Forgive points to inward feeling, and suppose alienated affection; when we ask forgiveness, we primarily seek the removal of anger. Pardon looks more to outward things or consequences, and is often applied to trifling matters, as when we beg pardon for interrupting a man, or for jostling him in a crowd. The civil magistrate also grants a pardon, and not forgiveness. The two words are, therefore, very clearly distinguished from each other in most cases which relate to the common concerns of life.

Etymology: AS. forgifnes

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  1. The act of excusing a mistake or offense
  2. Compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive

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

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

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Past life for Forgiveness born Jun 19, 1949

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Philippines approximately on 1150. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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