Forgiveness is mercy or clemency granted, the pardoning of a wrong or mistake, or the ceasing of retribution or restitution.
When you seek forgiveness for a wrong you have committed, offer both a heartfelt, genuine apology, and compensation—with interest. This is called making amends. Understand that resentment, indignation, anger and emotional scars can remain in the wronged party, far beyond their granting of forgiveness to you.
When you forgive a wrong committed on you, it must be unconditional. After forgiving, do not threaten to publicly expose the wrong—that would be manipulation, not true forgiveness. Your forgiveness of ethical breaches or illegal behavior is your intensely personal option. It is your responsibility to notify law enforcement if you are a victim or are aware of a crime.
Bitterness or resentment may be justified, but it can consume you. Forgive when possible, and get on with life.