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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.

Synonyms:

save, let off, prune, palliate, sorry specimen, beg off, self-justification, lighten, vindication, still, warrant, mediocrity, spare, substitute, rationalise, salvage, apologise, explicate, trick, explain, take over, pardon, confession, rationalize, apology, alibi, remedy, apologia, assuage, apologize, ease, allay, forgiveness, cut, right, inferior example, relieve, exempt, unbosom, exculpation, dispense, salve, subterfuge, alleviate, condone.

Usage examples:

  • " 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.