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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Because humans are fallible, they deserve forgiveness. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
See also: err, forgive, human

forgive and forget

To forgive someone by also forgetting that the wrong they committed ever happened. I really do want to move on, but I just can't forgive and forget that you tried to steal my boyfriend!
See also: and, forget, forgive

Forgive and forget.

Prov. You should not only forgive people for hurting you, you should also forget that they ever hurt you. When my sister lost my favorite book, I was angry at her for weeks, but my mother finally convinced me to forgive and forget. Jane: Are you going to invite Sam to your party? Sue: No way. Last year he laughed at my new skirt. Jane: Come on, Sue, forgive and forget.
See also: and, forget, forgive

forgive someone for something

to pardon someone for something. Please forgive me for being late. He never forgave himself for harming her.
See also: forgive

forgive and forget

Both pardon and hold no resentment concerning a past event. For example, After Meg and Mary decided to forgive and forget their differences, they became good friends . This phrase dates from the 1300s and was a proverb by the mid-1500s. For a synonym, see let bygones be bygones.
See also: and, forget, forgive

to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
See also: divine, err, forgive

forˌgive and forˈget

decide to forget an argument, an insult, etc: Come on, it’s time to forgive and forget.Many of his victims find it impossible to forgive and forget.
See also: and, forget, forgive

he, she, etc. could/might be forgiven for doing something

used to say that it is easy to understand why somebody does or thinks something, although they are wrong: Looking at the crowds out shopping, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone has plenty of money to spend.
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As in the earlier publication, the accent is on diversity of topic and method rather than connecting threads or common themes, and most of the writing betrays the forgivably self-conscious zeal of specialists writing for other specialists on subjects that enjoy a tradition of exemplary scholarship.
that spot where Demosthenes, done with the unseemly Paradise of the continuous remarkable world, turned, forgivably, back to town.
The welfare state which resulted from this new moral imagination failed, she argues, not only to achieve equality but, less forgivably, to eliminate poverty.
Forgivably anthemic, it was big enough to fill this place and undoubtedly the Arena when they return next year on the next rung of success.
No doubt about it, as 19-year-old Carl Churchill explains from a Birmingham coffee shop why he's the pundits' choice, the warning signs are there -eyes slightly bagged, though as yet not glazed despite what must seem an unending stream of questions; shirt creased, but forgivably so; and a finger prone to tap tap tapping away on the number eight key of his mobile phone.
Can you imagine reading: "In an unfortunate incident yesterday, the luckless Thierry Doumen, through no fault of his own, forfeited a winning chance on an odds-on favourite when, because of the wrong kind of rain on his stirrups, he completely forgivably fell off.
For a woman who fought to preserve her privacy, this is an unflinching, if forgivably sentimental record of the ravages of her illness.