pardon

pardon
par|don1 S2 [ˈpa:dn US ˈpa:rdn] interjection also .pardon 'me
1.) used when you want someone to repeat something because you did not hear it
'Hurry up Jonathan!' 'Pardon?' 'I said hurry up!'
see usage noteexcuse1
2.) BrE used to say 'sorry' after you have made an impolite sound such as a ↑burp
= ↑excuse me
pardon 2
pardon2 v [T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: pardoner, from Late Latin perdonare 'to give freely']
1.) to officially allow someone who has been found guilty of a crime to go free without being punished
The two spies were pardoned yesterday by the President.
2.) [not in progressive] formal
to forgive someone for behaving badly
= ↑forgive pardon sb for sth
He could never pardon her for the things she had said.
3.) sb may be pardoned for doing sth
used to say that it is easy to understand why someone has done something or why they think something
Anyone reading the advertisement might be pardoned for thinking that the offer was genuine.
4.) pardon mespoken
a) used to say 'sorry' politely when you have accidentally pushed someone or interrupted them
Oh, pardon me, I didn't mean to disturb you.
b) used to say 'sorry' politely after you have made an impolite sound such as a ↑burp
c) used before you politely correct someone or disagree with them
James, if you'll pardon me, you've got it all wrong.
d) used to politely get someone's attention in order to ask them a question
= ↑excuse me
Pardon me, can you direct me to City Hall?
5.) pardon me for interrupting/asking/saying
spoken used to politely ask if you can interrupt someone, ask them a question, or tell them something
Pardon me for saying so, but you don't look well.
6.) pardon my ignorance/rudeness etc
spoken used when you want to say something which you think may make you seem not to know enough or not to be polite enough
Pardon my ignorance, but what does OPEC stand for?
7.) if you'll pardon the expression
spoken used when you are saying that you are sorry for using an impolite phrase
It was a bit of a cock-up, if you'll pardon the expression.
8.) pardon my French
spoken used humorously to say that you are sorry for using a swear word
9.) pardon me for breathing/living
spoken used when you are annoyed because you think someone has answered you angrily for no good reason
'Shut up, Callum!' 'Well, pardon me for breathing.'
pardon 3
pardon3 n
1.) an official order allowing someone who has been found guilty of a crime to go free without being punished
grant/give sb a pardon
Tyler was convicted but was granted a royal pardon (=one given by a king or queen) .
2.) ask/beg sb's pardon (for sth)
old-fashioned to ask someone to forgive you
Walter begged her pardon for all the pain he had caused her.
I beg your pardon atbeg

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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