Does not the man at times conceal himself to the God, by self-deception, self-excuse, by lying to his higher nature?
"No one's likely to come in here till I get back," Frederik told himself, in self-excuse for his cowardice.
"I didn't expect you to be here as Herbert Strange," she said, as though in self-excuse.
It was self-accusation, self-excuse, and the sobs seemed to come in answer to self-reproaches.
"There's no one else for me to think of," she explained, in self-excuse.
"I hardly know the girl," she pleaded in self-excuse to her injured conscience.
"There's Mrs. Connell down there, that I ought to go and see; she's always complaining," he said to himself, in self-excuse.
But he was ashamed to do so, for he felt it was only a phrase of self-excuse, designed to allay the qualms of conscience.
"I begged Hito that he let me be the one to bring thy food," said Wardo, and spoke as one in self-excuse.
There surged up in his mind inarticulate phrases of remorse, of self-excuse, as though he were talking to her.
early 13c., "attempt to clear (someone) from blame," from Old French escuser (12c., Modern French excuser) "apologize, make excuses; pardon, exonerate," from Latin excusare "excuse, make an excuse for, release from a charge," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + causa "accusation, legal action" (see cause).
Meaning "to obtain exemption or release" is from mid-15c.; that of "to accept another's plea of excuse" is from early 14c. Excuse me as a mild apology or statement of polite disagreement is from c.1600.
late 14c., "action of offering an apology," from Old French excuse, from excuser (see excuse (v.)). The sense of "that serves as a reason for being excused" is recorded from late 15c.
A version or example of: He's a rotten excuse for a lawyer (1940s+)