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Word: excuse

excuse
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  • noun a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
    Examples
    • he kept finding excuses to stay
    • every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job
    • his transparent self-justification was unacceptable
  • noun a note explaining an absence
    Examples
    • he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him
  • noun a poor example
    Synonyms

    apology

    Examples
    • it was an apology for a meal
    • a poor excuse for an automobile
  • verb accept an excuse for
    Synonyms

    pardon

    Examples
    • Please excuse my dirty hands
  • verb grant exemption or release to
    Synonyms

    exempt, let off, relieve

    Examples
    • Please excuse me from this class
  • verb serve as a reason or cause or justification of
    Synonyms

    explain

    Examples
    • Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work
    • Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again
  • verb defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    Examples
    • rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior
    • he rationalized his lack of success
  • verb ask for permission to be released from an engagement
    Synonyms

    beg off

  • verb excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
    Synonyms

    condone

    Examples
    • excuse someone's behavior
    • She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities
Definitions are taken from Princeton’s WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2010