Let's say someone says they forgive you for something you did, but you don't believe you did anything wrong that needs forgiving. Is there a term to describe that? Rejecting someone's forgiveness? (Forgiveness not apology).

  • Can you explain why the straightforward I reject your forgiveness, I did nothing wrong is not a satisfactory answer to your question? Are there shades of meaning which you are searching to incorporate and which it fails to express? Commented Mar 31, 2023 at 7:23
  • Yes, rejecting or not accepting would appear the usual terms for both forgiveness and apologies.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Mar 31, 2023 at 7:56

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I would say that person is in denial.

Here's the explanation of denial from merriam-webster.com, and I think it fits the criteria of what you are looking for.

  1. Refusal to satisfy a request or desire.
  2. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of something (such as a statement or charge).
  3. Assertion that an allegation is false.
  4. Refusal to acknowledge a person or a thing.
  5. In law: The opposing by the defendant of an allegation.
  6. In psychology: A defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.
  7. (Phrases) In denial: Refusing to admit the truth or reality of something unpleasant.

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