condone (v.)

1857, from Latin condonare "to give up, remit, permit," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + donare "give as a gift," from donum "gift," from PIE *donum "gift," from root *do- "to give." Originally a legal term in the Matrimonial Causes Act, which made divorce a civil matter in Britain. Related: Condoned; condoning.

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