verb (used with object), ex·cused, ex·cus·ing.
- excuse me,
Origin of excuse
Examples from the Web for excuses
About our Eric Garners—too fat, too scared, too noncompliant, too many kids—there are always, as Flagg knows well, excuses.
“Well we have a new parliament and there are no excuses left,” he says darkly.
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|DAILY BEAST
These are excuses offered up by a party that is too divided to govern and legislate.In Passover Phone Conversation, Eric Cantor Slams Obama|Eleanor Clift|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Do you not see that your excuses are simply the suggestions of other crimes?The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Then they seek sophisms, excuses, pleas for themselves; they point to the good results which spring from them.Double Harness|Anthony Hope
As respects the separation, his excuses were very simply made, and they seemed to be sufficiently plausible.The Pathfinder|James Fenimore Cooper
Barnes takes the cue and excuses his costume, saying that he arrived late and has not had time to change.Dramatic Technique|George Pierce Baker
A similar stand was taken later by Bossuet, who excuses Ruysbroeck but condemns his manner of expression.A Mediaeval Mystic|Vincent Scully
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.