Pardonwank (pronounced: /ˈpɑr dnwæŋk/) noun/verb — to forgive someone for a fault or transgression that you ascribed to them in the first place in order to make yourself feel superior and powerful; the feeling of smug self-righteousness that accompanies such an act
Usage: Looking around the restaurant at the people eating meat, Marie felt sorrow for the dead animals but pardonwanked her fellow humans, thinking: “They know not what they do.”
The media continually failed to point out that Pope Francis is the biggest pardonwanker in the world.
Etymology: A combination of the verbs to pardon and to wank, pardonwank emphasizes that emotions are interactions with the world and highlights that forgiveness always implies a position of self-assumed moral superiority, an attempt to have your slice of judgmental cake and eat it too.
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For an antidote to the temptation to pardonwank, listen to:
And recall Patti Smith: “Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine.”