A friend (Julie Wright-Silander) tweeted this:
The opposite of forgiveness is entitlement.
Deep. Very Deep. A day later and I'm still pondering it. I'm just trying to unpack this so pardon my rambling.
First up is forgiveness:
forgiving debts; forgiving for wrongs. It carries that something is owed (money or reparations) and the item/gap is removed without payment. I owe something to another and they close the gap without my filling it. It is granted by the person in power.
Then the entitlement:
a given credit; owing of something expected. I think it carries that I'm owed something by people in possession of the power to give it. I am due something by another; they have to fill the gap.
The -ness and -ment are about the attitude of each. An attitude that I owed something and have been graced out of it. Conversely is the attitude that something is owed to me and others work(s) must fill it.
I guess I have to agree, they are opposites.