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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pardon  \Pardon\,  remission  \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.  Forgiver 
  \For*giv"er\,  n. 
  One  who  forgives.  --Johnson. 




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