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Definition of Excuse

Excuse

  1. To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit.
  2. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.
  3. To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
  4. To free from an impending obligation or duty; hence, to disengage; to dispense with; to release by favor; also, to remit by favor; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture.
  5. To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.
  6. The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
  7. That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment.
  8. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault.

Excuse Quotations

Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
Thomas Szasz

There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do - and I believe that.
Derek Jeter

There's no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there's no excuse for boredom, ever.
Viggo Mortensen

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.
George Washington

Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween every day.
Gwen Stefani
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Excuse Translations

excuse in Danish is undskylde
excuse in Dutch is verontschuldigen
excuse in French is excusent, excuser, excusez, excusons, excuse
excuse in German is Entschuldigung, entschuldige
excuse in Italian is scusa, scusare, scusa
excuse in Latin is excuso, excusatio
excuse in Norwegian is unnskyldning, frita, unnskylde
excuse in Portuguese is desculpa
excuse in Spanish is excusa, subterfugio, excusar
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