Etymology
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forgiveness (n.)

Old English forgiefnes, forgifennys "pardon, forgiveness, indulgence," from past participle of forgifan (see forgive) + -ness. Contracted from *forgiven-ness. Middle English had also forgift (early 14c.).

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Definitions of forgiveness

forgiveness (n.)
compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive;
forgiveness (n.)
the act of excusing a mistake or offense;
Synonyms: pardon
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