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English Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. plea

    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, excuse, justification, 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 Antonyms4.0 / 4 votes

  1. plea

    excuse, vindication, justification, ground, defence, apology, entreaty

    charge, accusation, impeachment, action

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. supplication, pleanoun

    a humble request for help from someone in authority

    prayer, supplication, invocation

  2. pleanoun

    (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)


  3. pleanoun

    an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed


Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pleanoun

    (Law.) allegation

  2. pleanoun

    defence, excuse, apology, justification, vindication

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. pleanoun

    defense, excuse, apology, vindication, intercession, prayer, entreaty

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  1. Heather Coggins:

    It's a strong plea, and based on the evidence we have, it's a good plea.

  2. John Milton:

    ... If weakness may excuse, What Murderer, what Traitor, Parricide, Incestuous, sacrilegious, but may plead it All Wickedness is Weakness That plea therefore With God or Man will gain thee no Remission.

  3. Tony Serra:

    This was not a plea entered into because of legal necessity. We had from my perspective and from many lawyers' perspectives, we had viable defenses, this is a plea that's been entered into as a moral imperative to eliminate all the trauma and pain and suffering that everyone who touches this case endures.

  4. Ben Coker:

    I want y' all to know that I've got y' all's best interests at heart, it's a strong plea, and based on the evidence we have, it's a good plea.

  5. Kendall Coffey:

    This is an aggressive charge,” Kendall Coffey said. “And there are times when an aggressive charge gives more incentive for the defendant to seek a plea. The vast majority of cases don’t go to trial and end in a plea.”

Translations for plea

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  • حجةArabic
  • апел, молба, извинение, петицияBulgarian
  • Bitte, Plädoyer, Appell, Flehen, Verteidigung, Entschuldigung, ErsuchenGerman
  • pledoEsperanto
  • alegatoSpanish
  • oikeusjuttu, vastaus, selitys, puolustus, tekosyy, puolustelu, perustelu, anomus, vastine, vetoomusFinnish
  • supplication, appelFrench
  • mentség, kifogás, kérvény, ürügy, védőbeszédHungarian
  • permohonanIndonesian
  • richiestaItalian
  • 嘆願, 弁解Japanese
  • ಮನವಿKannada
  • rechtszaak, smeekbede, pleidooi, zaakDutch
  • проше́ние, пети́ция, заявле́ние, [[суде́бный]] [[проце́сс]], [[суде́бный]] [[акт]], призы́в, иск, тя́жба, мольба́, жа́лоба, оправда́ние, про́сьба, предло́гRussian
  • grundSwedish
  • בקשהYiddish
  • 懇求Chinese

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