Synonyms of 'excuse'
to put forward a reason or justification for (an action, fault, or offending person)I know you're upset but that doesn't excuse your behaviour.
justify, , ,
This decision was fully justified by economic conditions.
The director said he had been vindicated by the expert's report.
I couldn't condone what she was doing.
make excuses for
to pardon (a person) or overlook (a fault)Please excuse me for my late arrival.
She'll understand and forgive you.
Hundreds of political prisoners were pardoned and released.
He never overlooked his employees' faults.
I will not tolerate breaches of the code of conduct.
He was acquitted of disorderly behaviour by magistrates.
turn a blind eye to,
exonerate, , ,
The official report exonerated the school of any blame.
make allowances for, ,
to free (someone) from having to carry out a task, obligation, etc.She was excused from her duties for the day.
It will free us of a whole lot of debt.
He felt relieved of a burden.
How committed is the leadership to liberating its people from poverty?
Companies with fewer than 55 employees would be exempted from these requirements.
He wants to be released from any promise between us.
`Spare me!' he cowered.
You are being discharged on medical grounds.
The judicial inquiry absolved the soldiers.
an explanation offered to justify an action which has been criticized or as a reason for not fulfilling an obligation, etc.There is no excuse for what he did.
I knew there was no justification for what I was doing.
I hope you have a good reason for your behaviour.
The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
a spirited defence of the government's economic progress
plea, , ,
Evidence is being invoked in support of pleas of diminished responsibility.
He called the success a vindication of his party's economic policy.
In mitigation, the offences were at the lower end of the scale.
an explanation offered to justify an action which has been criticized or as a reason for not fulfilling an obligation, etc.It was just an excuse to get out of going to school.
They wanted a pretext to restart the war.
He excused himself on the pretext of a stomach ache.
They face accusations from the Opposition Party of evasion and cover-up.
pretence, , ,
He claimed the police beat him up under the pretence that he was resisting arrest.
She said she was too upset to talk, but that was just a cop-out.
Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.
See excuse me
Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse – The Second Sin]And oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worser by th'excuse – King John]Several excuses are always less convincing than one – Point Counter Point]A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself – Four in America]
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in the sense of absolve
to declare to be free from blame or sinThe judicial inquiry absolved the soldiers.
in the sense of acquit
to pronounce someone not guiltyHe was acquitted of disorderly behaviour by magistrates.
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