imperfect & past participle Condoned; present participle & verbal noun Condoning.; (Latin) condonare, -donatum, to give up, remit, forgive; con- + donare to give. See Donate.
1. To pardon; to forgive. A fraud which he had either concocted or condoned. (Welsh) Black. It would have been magnanimous in the men then in power to have overlooked all these things, and, condoning the politics, to have rewarded the poetry of Burns. J. Centigrade Shairp.2. (Law) To pardon; to overlook the offense of; especially, to forgive for a violation of the marriage law; -- said of either the husband or the wife.
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From Latin condōno (“forgive”), con- (“together”) + dōnāre (“to give”).
condone (third-person singular simple present condones, present participle condoning, simple past and past participle condoned) (transitive) To forgive, excuse or overlook (something). 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess: ‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police ? Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers? (transitive) To allow, accept or permit (something). (transitive, law) To forgive (marital infidelity or other marital offense).
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