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(one) could be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country could be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You could be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
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(one) might be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country might be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You might be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
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(one) will be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country will be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You'll be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
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(one) would be forgiven for (doing something)

It is completely understandable that one would do, think, or believe something, even if it is incorrect. Anyone visiting this country would be forgiven for thinking that they've somehow gone backwards in time. You would be forgiven for wondering how a multinational company has failed to pay its taxes for the last five years.
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forgive (someone) for (something)

To absolve or pardon someone for a misdeed or slight. I don't think she'll ever be able to forgive Jack for cheating on her. Please forgive me, I have the worst memory—what's your name again?
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forgive and forget

To forgive someone and (attempt to) forget 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!
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God forgive me

A phrase commonly said in conjunction with a rude or otherwise unkind or inappropriate statement. God forgive me, but Lois is just so exhausting to deal with.
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to err is human (to forgive is divine)

Being fallible and making mistakes is inherent to being a human, and forgiving such mistakes is a transcendent act. I know you're mad at your brother because he lied, but to err is human, you know. To forgive is divine.
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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.
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forgive someone for something

to pardon someone for something. Please forgive me for being late. He never forgave himself for harming her.
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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.
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to err is human, to forgive divine

it is human nature to make mistakes yourself while finding it hard to forgive others. proverb
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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.
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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.

forgive and forget

Both pardon and dismiss someone’s mistake, rudeness, or other transgression. This expression has been an English proverb since at least the thirteenth century. William Langland in Piers Ploughman held it up as a form of Christian charity to be practiced by all: “So will Cryst of his curteisye, and men crye hym mercy, bothe forgive and forgeter.” It appears in John Heywood’s 1546 collection of proverbs and was used by Shakespeare in at least four of his plays, including King Lear (4.7): “Pray you now, forget and forgive; I am old and foolish.” It remains current to the present day.
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At what point do Catholics have their sins forgiven? At what point do they become husband and wife?
YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN. Jesus' healing the paralytic by forgiving his sins is too much for the Pharisees and teachers of the law who have witnessed it.
As long as people remember and nurse their anger and hurt, they have not really forgiven that person who hurt them.
I know God has forgiven me, but I can't forgive myself."
ANTHONY WALKER would have forgiven his attackers if he had lived, according to his devastated family.
It means to ``pardon wholeheartedly''.Why is it that some expect to be forgiven for their mistakes and transgressions,but they are so unwilling to extend that same courtesy to others?
God has forgiven us many times, so it's our job to forgive, too.
But where there is no admission of wrongdoing, there is no sorrow and no need for forgiving or being forgiven. It is knowledge of one's own sinfulness that leads to forgiving others.
A Palestinian asked how, having forgiven once, he could maintain an open heart when he suffered further injustices.
Having returned home, the once prodigal but now forgiven son is like an infant; he really is starting over, he really is beginning something new.
But, he tells me, `Now she has forgiven me, I am happy to talk about it.'
But still, more than a quarter century after his son's murder, Gomez remains for him "a kid, now a man, whom Ives should have forgiven, but couldn't, even when he tried to - Lord, that was impossible - so filled was his heart with a bitterness and confusion of spirit that had never gone away."
Our faith also teaches that our venial sins are forgiven each time we sincerely pray the Our Father ("Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us ...") and at each Mass during the Liturgy of the Eucharist when we say, "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed."
All is forgiven--and there is a lot to be forgiven. The younger son had taken his share of the inheritance--in effect killing his father.
The people, forgiven, become the Body of Christ in forgiving.