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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORGIVE

I forgive you, if you are sorry for the fault, and my arms are ready to receive you.

Dearest Madam, forgive me: it was always my pride and my pleasure to obey you.

Some things seem the harder to forgive the greater the love.

"I forgive thee from my heart, dear brother," piped the blind man.

Like a woman, he found it difficult to forgive one who had injured those he loved.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

But God could not yet forgive him; for he was not truly penitent.

Would you not rather say to a brother, "I have erred; forgive me!"

He chose an odd time and place; but that is no matter; I forgive him, and so do you, I dare say.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; forgive," also "to give up" and "to give in marriage;" from for- "completely" + giefan "give" (see give).

The modern sense of "to give up desire or power to punish" is from use of the compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Latin perdonare (cf. Old Saxon fargeban, Dutch vergeven, German vergeben, Gothic fragiban; see pardon). Related: Forgave; forgiven; forgiving.

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