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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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 Antonyms

  1. plea

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

    charge, accusation, impeachment, action

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  1. pleanoun

    (Law.) allegation

  2. pleanoun

    defence, excuse, apology, justification, vindication

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. pleanoun

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

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  1. Russell Moore:

    Billy Graham was, in my view, the most important evangelist since the Apostle Paul. Billy Graham preached Christ, not himself, not politics, not prosperity, what Billy Graham taught us is all summed up in the invitation hymn sing at Billy Graham crusades across the nation : ‘ Just as I am, without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me, ’.

  2. Legal Aid statement:

    This plea to Robbery in the First Degree is consistent with our client's limited role in this tragic event. He did not touch Ms. Majors or take any of her property. Furthermore, no DNA evidence exists linking him to the events, his acceptance of responsibility is an important first step ; it provides an opportunity for this now 14-year-old to achieve a successful future.

  3. Joan Wester Anderson:

    We can all be angels to one another. We can choose to obey the still small stirring within, the little whisper that says, 'Go. Ask. Reach out. Be an answer to someone's plea. You have a part to play. Have faith.' We can decide to risk that He is indeed there, watching, caring, cherishing us as we love and accept love. The world will be a better place for it. And wherever they are, the angels will dance.

  4. William Henry Harrison:

    The plea of necessity, that eternal argument of all conspirators.

  5. Paula Duncan:

    Some of us had a problem accepting his testimony because he took the plea. So we agreed to throw out his testimony and look at the paperwork, which his name was all over, i think he would have done anything to preserve himself -- that's just obvious in the fact that he flipped on Paul Manafort.

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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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