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excuse

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of excuse

  1. an explanation that frees one from fault or blame <“a really important business call” is no excuse for not paying proper attention to one's driving> Synonyms alibi, apology, defense, justification, plea, reason Related Words color, guise, pretense (or pretence), pretext, rationale, rationalization, vindication, whitewash; cop-out, out; acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), atonement, confession; extenuation, palliation




excuse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of excuse

  1. 1 to dismiss as of little importance <more often than not, voters are willing to excuse a candidate's youthful indiscretion> Synonyms blink (at), brush (aside or off), condone, discount, disregard, forgive, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, overlook, overpass, paper over, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, whitewash, wink (at) Related Words explain, justify, rationalize; absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate; waive, wave (aside or off) Phrases close one's eyes to, forgive and forget Near Antonyms heed, mark, mind, note, object (to)

  2. 2 to be an acceptable reason for <having a female passenger in labor will generally excuse a little disregard for the speed limit> Synonyms justifyRelated Words account (for), alibi, explain, explain away, rationalize; brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, forgive, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, wink (at)

  3. 3 to make (something) seem less bad by offering excuses <he's always excusing his chronic lying by claiming that everybody lies> Synonyms deodorize, palliate, explain away, extenuate, gloss (over), gloze (over), whitewashRelated Words sugarcoat, varnish; apologize, atone, confess; account (for), explain, justify, rationalize; minimize, play down, soft-pedal; alleviate, ease, lessen, lighten, mitigate, moderate, soften, temper; absolve, acquit, clear, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate




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