verb (used with object), ex·cused, ex·cus·ing.
Origin of excuse
Synonyms for excuse
Related Words for excusesjustification, alibi, apology, trick, rationalization, pretext, substitute, acquit, pardon, explain, indulge, tolerate, forgive, relieve, spare, exempt, condone, defend, exonerate, whitewash
Examples from the Web for excuses
Contemporary Examples of excuses
About our Eric Garners—too fat, too scared, too noncompliant, too many kids—there are always, as Flagg knows well, excuses.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
“Well we have a new parliament and there are no excuses left,” he says darkly.Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup
November 28, 2014
Bush apologists, as always, are ready with excuses, like playing the Terrorism Card.Assuming GOP Does Take the Senate, Dems Have Nothing to Fear
Veronique de Rugy
November 1, 2014
These are excuses offered up by a party that is too divided to govern and legislate.In Passover Phone Conversation, Eric Cantor Slams Obama
April 17, 2014
I love the patients, and the stories, and the excuses and the smiles.These Are the 7 Types of Patients That Drive Your Doctor Totally Bananas
Dr. Jennifer Caudle
February 6, 2014
Historical Examples of excuses
After delays, excuses, pleadings, Julie's father lost patience.In the Heart of Vosges
But the Rector felt that he was listening to the excuses of a serpent.The Incomplete Amorist
The most hopeless ill-doer is he who excuses himself angrily.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
His carelessness about his character is one of his excuses: a very bad one.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
I was cold; tried to get out of the matter with compliments and excuses.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
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.