What is excuse?

  • (noun): A poor example.
    Example: "A poor excuse for an automobile"
    Synonyms: apology
    See also — Additional definitions below

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More definitions of "excuse":

  • (verb): Excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with.
    Example: "Excuse someone's behavior"
    Synonyms: condone
  • (verb): Serve as a reason or cause or justification of.
    Example: "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"
    Synonyms: explain
  • (verb): Grant exemption or release to.
    Example: "Please excuse me from this class"
    Synonyms: relieve, let off, exempt
  • (noun): A note explaining an absence.
    Example: "He had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
  • (verb): Accept an excuse for.
    Example: "Please excuse my dirty hands"
    Synonyms: pardon
  • (verb): Ask for permission to be released from an engagement.
    Synonyms: beg off

Famous quotes containing the word excuse:

    Cynical realism—it’s the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

    Providing for one’s family as a good husband and father is a water-tight excuse for making money hand over fist. Greed may be a sin, exploitation of other people might, on the face of it, look rather nasty, but who can blame a man for “doing the best” for his children?
    Eva Figes (b. 1932)

    It will be no excuse to an idle and untoward servant, who would not attend his business by candle-light, to plead that he had not broad sun-shine. The candle, that is set up in us, shines bright enough for all our purposes.
    John Locke (1632–1704)