We should all be prepared to excuse their lapses for this reason.
If all this were only hypocrisy, Gingrich might legitimately expect voters to shrug off his lapses of decency and humanity.
Napolitano isn't the right person to correct the many security problems and lapses revealed by the Christmas day bomber.
When he looked up, he wore puzzled frowns; there were lapses of memory, prolonged bewildered silences and moments of deafness.
All of this has become so familiar that it lapses from our minds, it's just the way things are.
Worship and sacrifice, as mere acts toward supernatural beings, may be consonant with any number of lapses in conduct.
She had felt that, whatever his lapses, the years had made her necessary to him.
After the first greeting, the conversation between the two was remarkable chiefly for its lapses.
Courtships of married women, and lapses by them, are very rare.
That was "back in the Sixties," when his lapses were as far apart as they were unrivalled in consumption, span, and pyrotechny.
mid-15c., "elapsing of time, expiration;" also "temporary forfeiture of a legal right," from Middle French laps "lapse," from Latin lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "moral transgression, sin" is c.1500; that of "slip of the memory" is 1520s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s.
early 15c., said to be from lapse (n.) or from Latin lapsare "to lose one's footing." Related: Lapsed; lapses; lapsing.