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excuse


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Excuse  \Ex*cuse"\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  excuse.  See  {Excuse},  v.  t.] 
  1.  The  act  of  excusing,  apologizing,  exculpating,  pardoning, 
  releasing,  and  the  like  acquittal;  release;  absolution; 
  justification;  extenuation. 
 
  Pleading  so  wisely  in  excuse  of  it  --Shak. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  Hence  with  denial  vain  and  coy  excuse.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  That  which  excuses;  that  which  extenuates  or  justifies  a 
  fault.  ``It  hath  the  excuse  of  youth.''  --Shak. 
 
  If  eyes  were  made  for  seeing.  Then  beauty  is  its  own 
  excuse  for  being  --Emerson. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Apology}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Excuse  \Ex*cuse"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Excused};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Excusing}.]  [OE.  escusen  cusen  OF  escuser,  excuser,  F. 
  excuser,  fr  L.  excusare  ex  out  +  causa  cause  causari  to 
  plead.  See  {Cause}.] 
  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. 
 
  A  man's  persuasion  that  a  thing  is  duty,  will  not 
  excuse  him  from  guilt  in  practicing  it  if  really 
  and  indeed  it  be  against  Gog's  law.  --Abp.  Sharp. 
 
  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 
 
  I  must  excuse  what  can  not  be  amended.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  regard  with  indulgence;  to  view  leniently  or  to 
  overlook;  to  pardon. 
 
  And  in  our  own  (excuse  some  courtly  stains.)  No 
  whiter  page  than  Addison  remains.  --Pope. 
 
  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. 
 
  I  pray  thee  have  me  excused.  --xiv.  19. 
 
  5.  To  relieve  of  an  imputation  by  apology  or  defense;  to  make 
  apology  for  as  not  seriously  evil;  to  ask  pardon  or 
  indulgence  for 
 
  Think  ye  that  we  excuse  ourselves  to  you?  --2  Cor. 
  xii.  19. 
 
  Syn:  To  vindicate;  exculpate;  absolve;  acquit. 
 
  Usage:  -  {To  Pardon},  {Excuse},  {Forgive}.  A  superior  pardons 
  as  an  act  of  mercy  or  generosity;  either  a  superior  or 
  an  equal  excuses.  A  crime,  great  fault,  or  a  grave 
  offence,  as  one  against  law  or  morals,  may  be 
  pardoned;  a  small  fault,  such  as  a  failure  in  social 
  or  conventional  obligations,  slight  omissions  or 
  neglects  may  be  excused.  Forgive  relates  to  offenses 
  against  one's  self  and  punishment  foregone;  as  to 
  forgive  injuries  or  one  who  has  injured  us  to  pardon 
  grave  offenses,  crimes,  and  criminals;  to  excuse  an 
  act  of  forgetfulness,  an  unintentional  offense.  Pardon 
  is  also  a  word  of  courtesy  employed  in  the  sense  of 
  excuse. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  excuse 
  n  :  a  defense  of  some  offensive  behavior  or  some  failure  to  keep 
  a  promise  etc.;  "he  kept  finding  excuses  to  stay";  "every 
  day  he  had  a  new  alibi  for  not  getting  a  job";  "his 
  transparent  self-justification  was  unacceptable"  [syn:  {alibi}, 
  {self-justification}] 
  v  1:  accept  an  excuse  for  "Please  excuse  my  dirty  hands"  [syn:  {pardon}] 
  2:  grant  exemption  or  release  to  "Please  excuse  me  from  this 
  class  [syn:  {relieve},  {let  off},  {exempt}] 
  3:  serve  as  an  excuse  for  [syn:  {explain}] 
  4:  make  excuses  for  [syn:  {apologize},  {apologise},  {justify}, 
  {rationalize}] 
  5:  ask  for  permission  to  be  released  from  an  engagement  [syn:  {beg 
  off}] 
  6:  excuse  or  make  allowances  for  be  lenient  with  "excuse 
  someone's  behavior"  [syn:  {condone}] 




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