Synonyms and Antonyms of explain away
1 to give the reason for or cause of after the surprise attack, military leaders struggled to explain away the nation's unpreparedness Synonyms account (for), attribute, explain, rationalizeRelated Words condone, excuse, forgive, justify; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate
2 to make (something) seem less bad by offering excuses tried to explain away his adulterous affairs by saying that men are promiscuous by nature Synonyms deodorize, excuse, palliate, 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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