Definition of excuse :
1. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault.
2. That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment.
3. The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
4. To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit.
5. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.
6. To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
7. To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.
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dismissal (part of speech: noun)
response (part of speech: noun)
forgive (part of speech: verb)
plea (part of speech: noun)
answer (part of speech: noun)
countercharge, rebuttal, answer, response, retort, rejoinder, counter-statement, explanation, riposte, comeback, counterclaim, replication, return, counter-reply, reply, surrebuttal, counter-accusation, acknowledgment, echo
vindicate (part of speech: verb)
dismiss (part of speech: verb)
pretext (part of speech: noun)
plead (part of speech: verb)
pleading (part of speech: verb)
acquit (part of speech: verb)
- " I dare say she was glad enough to make some excuse or other to get away from him. - "The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The ", Grant Allen.
- " Master says you must excuse him, sir. - "The Man with a Shadow", George Manville Fenn.
- " Mr. Torrance will excuse you coming down again," she said. - "The Cattle-Baron's Daughter", Harold Bindloss.