What is another word for excuse?

Synonyms for excuse
ɪkˈskyuz; -ˈskyusex·cuse

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term excuse.


  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 Antonyms

  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 Antonyms

  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 WordNet

  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 Contribution

  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 Synonymes

  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 Words

  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. Anthony Sideri:

    I really thought I could stop the next day, but I always had an excuse, i was closed off from the rest of the world. ... I wasn't even a part of it anymore.

  2. Sir Winston Churchill, March 1936, demanding British re-armament:

    Virtuous motives, trammeled by inertia and timidity, are no match for armed and resolute wickedness. A sincere love of peace is no excuse for muddling hundreds of millions of humble folk into total war. The cheers of the weak, well-meaning assemblies soon cease to count. Doom marches on.

  3. Chris Ingram:

    Marco could certainly come up with them -- he's acknowledged to me that he has the records, having known him and seen him in action and having seen the pattern of behavior of his, the sense of entitlement -- the explaining things away without taking any kind of actual accountability or responsibility for what he's done, blaming others -- and there's always an excuse.

  4. Public Safety Col. Steven McCraw:

    It was the wrong decision. Period. There's no excuse for that.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities. It's a real problem that Muslims must confront without excuse.

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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    A synonym for scanty
    • A. Spurious
    • B. Dearth
    • C. Gumption
    • D. Inaugurate

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