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Definition of 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

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
William Shakespeare

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. - Rudyard Kipling
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
Rudyard Kipling

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
Ronald Reagan

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Benjamin Franklin
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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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