[ US /ˈpɑɹdən/ ]
[ UK /pˈɑːdən/ ]
  1. the act of excusing a mistake or offense
  2. the formal act of liberating someone
  3. a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
  1. accept an excuse for
    Please excuse my dirty hands
  2. grant a pardon to
    Ford pardoned Nixon
    The Thanksgiving turkey was pardoned by the President
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How To Use pardon In A Sentence

  • In a landmark case/decision, the Governor pardoned a woman convicted of killing her husband, who had physically abused her.
  • A 35-year-old Briton languishing in a Bangkok jail under sentence of death for a crime he says he did not commit is planning to protest his innocence by refusing to plead for a royal pardon.
  • President George H.W. Bush was the first to officially pardon a turkey.
  • If you haven't guessed by now the answer is located here, gentle readers, and I do beg thy pardon if I spake not in troth.
  • Christians are to be taught that he who sees a man in need, and passes him by, and gives [his money] for pardons, purchases not the indulgences of the pope, but the indignation of God.
  • Her smile fading and her expression turning to one of mild confusion, Harstad asked, “I beg your pardon?” Star Trek: Typhon Pact Paths of Disharmony
  • Everything was explained in it -- everything made clear; and gradually she realised the natural, strong and pardonable craving of the rich, unloved man, to seek out for himself some means whereby he might leave all his world's gainings to one whose kindness to him had not been measured by any knowledge of his wealth, but which had been bestowed upon him solely for simple love's sake. The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches
  • Amnesty is a pardon for an offence. Times, Sunday Times
  • A willful fault has no excuse and deserves no pardon
  • Also on Jan. 1 Havel declared an amnesty which involved pardoning certain categories of short-term prisoners and reducing the sentences of others.
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