Definition Of excuse


a poor or inadequate example of.

that pathetic excuse for a man!

a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.

there can be no possible excuse for any further delay

attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify.

he did nothing to hide or excuse Jacob's cruelty

release (someone) from a duty or requirement.

it will not be possible to excuse you from jury duty

Example Of excuse

  • A cultural practice that is manifestly wrong on humanist grounds becomes the excuse for a colonizing mission whose tactics are in turn violent and unjust.

  • Aye, we're a poor, pathetic wee excuse for a nation right enough.

  • ‘You have to excuse my room mate, she is a little delusional it looks like,’ I heard Penelope plead.

  • BTW, please excuse any spelling mistakes as this keyboard is slightly out of alignment, key size wise to mine, and I keep hitting the wrong keys.

  • But it is these days difficult to avoid the tangled mess of geopolitical analysis, so please excuse my taking liberties this week.

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