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1. excuse

noun. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc..

Synonyms

  • mitigation
  • self-justification
  • exculpation
  • extenuation
  • alibi
  • defense
  • defence

Antonyms

  • whiten
  • colorless
  • uninterestingness
  • colorful

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Excuse

  • misconstrues
  • transfuse
  • newport-news
  • santa-cruz
  • drive-thrus
  • disabuse
  • aeroperu's
  • worldnews
  • underuse
  • primenews
  • kangaroos
  • confuse
  • chartreuse
  • suffuse
  • shampoos
  • revues
  • reviews
  • review's
  • refuse
  • recuse
  • overuse
  • misuse
  • infuse
  • diffuse
  • defuse
  • bocuse
  • bemuse
  • toulouse
  • tattoos
  • taboos

How do you pronounce excuse?

Pronounce excuse as ɪkˈskjuz.

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Sentences with excuse


1. Noun, singular or mass
Retirement is protected in that it can never be used as an excuse for dismissal.

2. Verb, base form
Avoid burping loudly and if you need to, simply politely say "excuse me" and move on.

Quotes about excuse


1. Two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse.
- Thomas Szasz

2. I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.
- Florence Nightingale

3. Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.
- Anonymous, Holy Bible: New International Version

2. excuse

verb. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] accept an excuse for.

Synonyms

  • forgive

Antonyms

  • offense
  • bound

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. excuse

verb. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] serve as a reason or cause or justification of.

Synonyms

  • alibi
  • explain
  • vindicate

Antonyms

  • forbid
  • disallow
  • boycott
  • disapproval

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. excuse

verb. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] grant exemption or release to.

Synonyms

  • free
  • let off
  • relieve
  • exempt
  • frank
  • absolve

Antonyms

  • invalidate
  • negate
  • disprove
  • disapprove

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

5. excuse

verb. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning.

Synonyms

  • justify
  • rationalise
  • colour
  • palliate
  • mitigate
  • rationalize
  • support
  • plead
  • fend for
  • extenuate
  • apologise
  • gloss
  • defend
  • color

Antonyms

  • let
  • prosecute
  • prosecution
  • question

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

6. excuse

verb. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] ask for permission to be released from an engagement.

Synonyms

  • beg off
  • bespeak
  • quest
  • request

Antonyms

  • take
  • inactivity
  • roughness
  • surrender

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

7. excuse

verb. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with.

Synonyms

  • condone

Antonyms

  • worsen
  • irritate

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

8. excuse

noun. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] a poor example.

Synonyms

  • instance
  • illustration
  • representative
  • example

Antonyms

  • disorganise
  • disorganize
  • discolor
  • chromatic color

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

9. excuse

noun. ['ɪksˈkjuːs, ɪksˈkjuːz'] a note explaining an absence.

Synonyms

  • billet
  • short letter
  • line

Antonyms

  • colored
  • achromatic color
  • colorlessness
  • blacken

Etymology

  • excusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • escuser (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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