excuse


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Synonyms for excuse

Synonyms for excuse

to grant forgiveness to or for

to show to be just, right, or valid

to free from an obligation or duty

an explanation offered to justify an action or make it better understood

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a statement of acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon

the act or an instance of forgiving

Synonyms for excuse

a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

a note explaining an absence

a poor example

accept an excuse for

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grant exemption or release to

serve as a reason or cause or justification of

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defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

ask for permission to be released from an engagement

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for

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References in classic literature ?
Yes; all the advantages of sitting still when he ought to move, and of leading a life of mere idle pleasure, and fancying himself extremely expert in finding excuses for it.
To this I added another petition, "that for the sake of my patron the king of Luggnagg, his majesty would condescend to excuse my performing the ceremony imposed on my countrymen, of trampling upon the crucifix: because I had been thrown into his kingdom by my misfortunes, without any intention of trading.
Hence Virgil, through the mouth of Dido, excuses the inhumanity of her reign owing to its being new, saying:
Heroes, he thought, could find excuses in that long seething lane.
Julia felt uncomfortable--she felt herself to be de trop; and making an incoherent excuse, she had scarcely taken a seat on a sofa, before she arose, left the room, and ran up stairs again.
You must excuse me, indeed you must excuse me," cried Fanny, growing more and more red from excessive agitation, and looking distressfully at Edmund, who was kindly observing her; but unwilling to exasperate his brother by interference, gave her only an encouraging smile.
Excuse me for saying so, but you have no sense about women.
But when the month was drawing to a close she found still another excuse upon which to hang a postponement, until at last, discouraged and doubting, Clayton was forced to go back to England alone.
you'll excuse me, sir) I hear nothing of another dinner to come.
Setting his own interests out of the question, Hardyman owed obligations to the kindness of his illustrious correspondent which made it impossible for him to send an excuse.
In England alone, the incomprehensible and discourteous custom prevails of keeping the host and the dinner waiting for half an hour or more--without any assignable reason and without any better excuse than the purely formal apology that is implied in the words, "Sorry to be late.
A CAT caught a Cock, and pondered how he might find a reasonable excuse for eating him.
While humanity is humanity, the woman is not utterly without excuse.
I think I'll go down and--no, I won't JUST yet, ' she went on, checking herself just as she was beginning to run down the hill, and trying to find some excuse for turning shy so suddenly.
Though her countenance did not denote much natural sweetness of temper, yet this was, perhaps, somewhat soured by a circumstance which generally poisons matrimonial felicity; for children are rightly called the pledges of love; and her husband, though they had been married nine years, had given her no such pledges; a default for which he had no excuse, either from age or health, being not yet thirty years old, and what they call a jolly brisk young man.