verb (used with object), ex·cused, ex·cus·ing.
Origin of excuse
Synonyms for excuse
Examples from the Web for excuse
Contemporary Examples of excuse
Whatever the excuse, in 2008 we were all subjected to Celebrity Apprentice.Donald Trump Fires Woman For Not Calling Bill Cosby
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
January 5, 2015
Augustus, also known as Augustus the Strong, was a party-boy, and loved any excuse to celebrate.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
This same fear has recently resurfaced as the number one excuse for blocking a proposed subway through Beverly Hills.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
December 6, 2014
But since the government has now permitted the River God to leave the U.K., that excuse can no longer wash.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
In it, Weber suggested approaching a woman with lines like: “Excuse me, but you look beautiful.”The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of excuse
She took her place at the keyhole, and had an excuse ready for the old woman, if she should come out suddenly.Jan of the Windmill
Juliana Horatia Ewing
I have not left him an excuse; and then it is that I display all my courtesy, in order to attain the happy issue of my project.Louise de la Valliere
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
But you'll excuse me if I say that I scarcely expected to have the railroad company's field-manager come and tell me about it.The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush
There is one excuse for me—I did not then know what love meant.Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life
Ann S. Stephens
After glancing through the book, I made an excuse to hurry away and inform Her Majesty.Two Years in the Forbidden City
The Princess Der Ling
verb (ɪkˈskjuːz) (tr)
Word Origin for excuse
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.