excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification(noun)
a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
"he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
a note explaining an absence
"he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
a poor example
"it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
accept an excuse for
"Please excuse my dirty hands"
excuse, relieve, let off, exempt(verb)
grant exemption or release to
"Please excuse me from this class"
justify, condone, apologise, explain, relieve, unbosom, allay, rationalize, excuse, beg off, palliate, free, ease, let off, apologize, rationalise, assuage, alleviate, salve, remedy, salvage, take over, still, exempt, lighten, save, pardon
serve as a reason or cause or justification of
"Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"; "Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise(verb)
defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
excuse, beg off(verb)
ask for permission to be released from an engagement
excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
"excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
All these words express one's answer to a charge of wrong or error that is or might be made. Apology has undergone a remarkable change from its old sense of a valiant defense — as in Justin Martyr's Apologies for the Christian faith — to its present meaning of humble confession and concession. He who offers an apology admits himself, at least technically and seemingly, in the wrong. An apology is for what one has done or left undone; an excuse may be for what one proposes to do or leave undone as well; as, one sends beforehand his excuse for not accepting an invitation; if he should fail either to be present or to excuse himself, an apology would be in order. An excuse for a fault is an attempt at partial justification; as, one alleges haste as an excuse for carelessness. Confession is a full acknowledgment of wrong, generally of a grave wrong, with or without apology or excuse. Plea ranges in sense from a prayer for favor or pardon to an attempt at full vindication. Defense, exculpation, justification, and vindication are more properly antonyms than synonyms of apology in its modern sense, and should be so given, but for their connection with its historic usage. Compare CONFESS; DEFENSE.
An apology to the guest for the oversight would be fitting.
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How to use Excuse in a sentence?
Unfortunately, tragically, he apparently saw fit to betray his trust and no police officer can excuse that, it's bigger than just him. All police officers take an oath to uphold the law and no one is happy or anything other than disappointed when someone fails to uphold that oath.
It is a longstanding legal rule that the freedom of religion is not a license for businesses to discriminate, and this is one more case about a wedding cake in which an anti-gay business owner is trying to use religious beliefs to excuse denying commercial services to a lesbian couple.
There is no excuse for dumping puppies, especially in today's age when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners. This was a shameful act.
The behavior of these Broward Sheriff Office deputies was outrageous and unacceptable, the officer who jumped on the student, punched the student and banged his head to the ground should be fired immediately. There is no excuse for a law enforcement officer to harm a teenager who was on the ground and who gave no resistance.
We're not going to have the kind of language that you heard from John Kerry where he talked about legitimizing or rationalizing terrorist actions, there's no legitimizing, there's no rationalizing. It was mass murder. It was absolutely unfathomable. And there's no excuse for killing other people, whether it's happening inside the Planned Parenthood headquarters, inside their clinics where many millions of babies die, or whether it's people attacking Planned Parenthood.
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- اعتذر, عذر, غفرArabic
- оправдание, извинение, прощавам, оправдавамBulgarian
- omluvit, záminka, výmluva, omluvaCzech
- entschuldigen, Ausrede, verzeihen, sich entschuldigenGerman
- excusa, excusar, perdonarSpanish
- tekosyy, verukeFinnish
- justifier, excuse, excuser, pardonner, prétexteFrench
- math, leisgeulScottish Gaelic
- תירוץ, אמתלהHebrew
- pretesto, scusare, scusarsi, scusa, giustificarsi, perdonareItalian
- 言い訳をする, 言い訳, 許す, 弁解, 口実Japanese
- excuso, utior, īgnōscō, mihi īgnōscōLatin
- takutakunga, takungaMāori
- ക്ഷമിയ്ക്കുക, ക്ഷമാപണം, ഒഴിവുകഴിവ്Malayalam
- goedpraten, vergeven, excuseren, verontschuldigen, uitvlucht, excuusDutch
- tilgi, unnskyldningNorwegian
- wybaczyć, usprawiedliwićPolish
- desculpar, desculpa, perdoar, desculpar-sePortuguese
- оправдывать, извинить, оправдание, отговорка, оправдать, прощать, простить, извиняться, извинять, извинениеRussian
- ursäkt, ursäkta, urskuldraSwedish
- dahilan, magpatawad, hayaan, patawarinTagalog
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