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How do you say forgive in Latin'?

Updated: 12/22/2022
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"To forgive" is ignoscere, with the transgression forgiven in the accusative and the person forgiven in the dative. That is, in Latin you forgave something to someone, the opposite of the English usage in which you forgive someone for something.

The Vulgate Bible (the 5th-century AD Latin translation of St. Jerome) uses demittere in the same way, as in, for example, demitte nobis debita nostra ("forgive us our debts") in Matthew 6:12. This usage is apparently not classical; in classical sources demittere means "to send down; to put down; to let fall."

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