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Noun
A reason or explanation given to justify a fault or offence
“What was my excuse for being absent the last day?”
Noun
An explanation offered to justify an action which has been criticized or as a reason for not fulfilling an obligation, etc
“Cynics advanced the view that the police attitude was merely an excuse and that the real reason was the fear that the hoped-for field would not materialise.”
Noun
A poor or inadequate example of
“Aye, we're a poor, pathetic wee excuse for a nation right enough.”
Verb
To dismiss as of little importance
“Since men who've known the horror and stress of war would not excuse such crimes why are so many conservatives willing to do so?”
Verb
To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense
“Her father happened to be an ardent Nazi, and when she begged him to excuse her from serving in the Hitler Youth, he staunchly refused her request.”
Verb
To forgive
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