What is another word for excuse?

Synonyms for excuse
ɪkˈskyuz; -ˈskyusex·cuse

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Wiktionary0.0 / 0 votes

  1. excusenoun


  2. excuseverb

    To forgive; to pardon.

    I excused him his transgressions.


  3. excuseverb

    unguilt, pardon, let pass, let off the hook, forgive

English Synonyms and Antonyms2.0 / 3 votes

  1. excuse

    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.

    acknowledgment, apology, confession, defense, exculpation, justification, plea, vindication

    accusation, censure, charge, complaint, condemnation, imputation, injury, insult, offense, wrong

    An apology to the guest for the oversight would be fitting.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. excuse

    exculpate, absolve, pardon, forgive, overlook, condone, i emit, indulge, justify, vindicate, defend, acquit, mitigate, extenuate, release, exempt, exonerate

    charge, inculpate, condemn, sentence, exact, strain, accuse

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 2 votes

  1. excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justificationnoun

    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"

    apology, exculpation, alibi, self-justification

  2. excusenoun

    a note explaining an absence

    "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"

    apology, exculpation, alibi, self-justification

  3. apology, excuseverb

    a poor example

    "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"

    apology, exculpation, apologia, alibi, self-justification

  4. excuse, pardonverb

    accept an excuse for

    "Please excuse my dirty hands"

    relieve, rationalize, explain, let off, beg off, pardon, condone, apologise, exempt, rationalise, apologize, justify

  5. excuse, relieve, let off, exemptverb

    grant exemption or release to

    "Please excuse me from this class"

    justify, condone, apologise, explain, relieve, unbosom, allay, rationalize, beg off, palliate, free, ease, let off, apologize, rationalise, assuage, alleviate, salve, remedy, salvage, take over, still, exempt, lighten, save, pardon

  6. excuse, explainverb

    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"

    relieve, rationalize, explain, explicate, let off, beg off, pardon, condone, apologise, exempt, rationalise, apologize, justify

  7. apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationaliseverb

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

    "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"

    justify, condone, apologise, explain, relieve, prune, rationalize, beg off, vindicate, warrant, cut, let off, apologize, free, rationalise, exempt, absolve, pardon

  8. excuse, beg offverb

    ask for permission to be released from an engagement

    relieve, rationalize, explain, let off, beg off, pardon, condone, apologise, exempt, rationalise, apologize, justify

  9. excuse, condoneverb

    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

    "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"

    relieve, rationalize, explain, let off, beg off, pardon, condone, apologise, exempt, rationalise, apologize, justify

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Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. to forgive

    to apologize for the insult

    she knew that she had insulted her friend in vain. the first thought was to apologize.

    Submitted by Themarly on May 20, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes3.5 / 2 votes

  1. excuseverb

    pardon, forgive, acquit, absolve, exculpate, exonerate, clear, make apology for, set right

  2. excuseverb

    extenuate, justify, vindicate

  3. excuseverb

    exempt, release, free, let off

  4. excuseverb

    overlook, regard indulgently

  5. excusenoun

    apology, plea, justification, absolution

  6. excusenoun

    pretext, pretence, color, guise, disguise, semblance, make shift, false show

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. excusenoun

    justification, apology, plea, exoneration, palliation, extenuation, pardon, subterfuge, evasion, pretext, makeshift

  2. excuseverb

    absolve, forgive, pardon, exonerate, palliate, justify, extenuate, acquit, exculpate, release

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How to use excuse in a sentence?

  1. Jaime Gonzalez:

    I’ve been cooking for 30 years and I think I deserve an 'I’m sorry' or an excuse.

  2. Julian Maha:

    I do not fault the airline in terms of their policies and procedures, there's never an excuse for dangerous behavior because it puts everyone in danger.

  3. Benedict Cumberbatch:

    I’m devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology, i offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.

  4. Betsy Alfaro:

    We hand out flyers advertising free haircuts, if their pimp gets aggressive, we have the perfect excuse for talking to them.

  5. Jentezen Franklin:

    COVID-19 cannot be an excuse for injustice, i will be watching these developments closely along with thousands of leaders throughout our state who stand for justice. I pray for justice, and I pray for the family of Ahmaud Arbery as they still bearthe pain of their loss.

Translations for excuse

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  • غفر, اعتذر, عذرArabic
  • оправдавам, прощавам, извинение, оправданиеBulgarian
  • omluvit, omluva, výmluva, záminkaCzech
  • Ausrede, entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigenGerman
  • senkulpigoEsperanto
  • excusar, excusa, perdonarSpanish
  • veruke, tekosyyFinnish
  • excuse, justifier, excuser, prétexte, pardonnerFrench
  • leithscéalIrish
  • leisgeul, mathScottish Gaelic
  • תירוץ, אמתלהHebrew
  • mentségHungarian
  • exkuzoIdo
  • scusarsi, giustificarsi, scusa, pretesto, perdonare, scusareItalian
  • 言い訳をする, 言い訳, 口実, 弁解, 許すJapanese
  • excuso, īgnōscō, utior, mihi īgnōscōLatin
  • takunga, takutakungaMāori
  • ക്ഷമിയ്ക്കുക, ഒഴിവുകഴിവ്, ക്ഷമാപണംMalayalam
  • goedpraten, verontschuldigen, excuus, uitvlucht, excuseren, vergevenDutch
  • unnskyldning, tilgiNorwegian
  • wybaczyć, usprawiedliwićPolish
  • perdoar, desculpar, desculpa, desculpar-sePortuguese
  • scuzaRomanian
  • извинить, оправдание, прощать, извиняться, отговорка, оправдать, извинение, извинять, простить, оправдыватьRussian
  • ursäkta, urskuldra, ursäktSwedish
  • patawarin, hayaan, magpatawad, dahilanTagalog
  • bahaneTurkish
  • вибачтеUkrainian

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