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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 of excuse alibi, apology, defense, justification, plea, reason Words Related to excuse 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 of excuse 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) Words Related to excuse 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 of excuse 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 of excuse justifyWords Related to excuse 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 of excuse deodorize, palliate, explain away, extenuate, gloss (over), gloze (over), whitewashWords Related to excuse 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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