alibi

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v alibi exonerate by means of an alibi
    • n alibi (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
    • n alibi a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc. "he kept finding excuses to stay","every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job","his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Alibi (Law) The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alibi In law, elsewhere; at another place.
    • n alibi In law, a plea of having been elsewhere at the time an offense is alleged to have been committed.
    • n alibi The fact or state of having been elsewhere at the time specified: as, he attempted to prove an alibi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alibi al′i-bī the plea that a person charged with a crime was elsewhere when it was committed.
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Quotations

  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., elsewhere, at another place. See Alias
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—alius, other, ibi, there.

Usage

In literature:

If so, it's only I and my friends who could prove an alibi.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
Yack, he gives you a good alibi.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
Drag in a woman who hates me to prove my alibi as if she loved me!
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
All of Rowlett's friendliness and loyalty had been only an alibi!
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
She could have 'proved an alibi' directly, if the thing had been properly gone into.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
Engle has been cheating with him to get a price and using the change of owners for an alibi.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
An alibi is exactly the opposite of an egg; the older it is, the better.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
If I am right, he has an alibi which his servant can confirm.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Did he supply an alibi so neatly because of that shadowy head on the door panel?
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
His alibi was corroborated by several persons who had been playing cards with him on the evening of the crime.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
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In poetry:

An that my grammar go awry,
An that my English be askew,
Sooth, I can prove an alibi--
The Bard of Avon did it, too.
"Erring In Company" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"The fact of Desertion I will not dispute;
But its guilt, as I trust, is removed
(So far as related to the costs of this suit)
By the Alibi which has been proved.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Police arrested Casey Joseph Balch after a bar fight outside Front Street Alibi, 1605 E Front St, in Port Angeles during the night of June 1.
Despite alibis and an alternative suspect, man is unable to clear his name through DNA when victim's rape kit goes missing.
Ashley Armstrong, the director of events at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center, watched Alibi scavenger hunts come and go before she decided to sign up in 2010.
Rafferty's evolving accounts of the shootings, he said, meet the criteria of a shifting alibi that is " self-serving ," "not credible" and designed to "limit responsibility.
I appreciate this opportunity to respond to the recent interview published by the Alibi, which contained comments by me regarding identity.
Richard Romo, left, and Kevin Drake of Alibi Ale Works will be crafting suspiciously tasty beer.
The Alibi's holiday wine event.
Elizabeth Robinson and Avery Gordon, the co-hosts of No Alibis, will interview Ali Abunimah and Daoud Kuttab live on KCSB-FM to discuss the recent Gaza massacres.
Leigh Hile reviewed The Winter's Tale in this week's Alibi.
The second stop is Burque, specifically the monthly rock and roll-centric No Fun Dance Party (hosted by DJ Bea and, coincidentally, Alibi music editor DJ Cassyle).
Welcome to the new Weekly Alibi Personals.
This week's No Alibis focuses on political, economic, and cultural struggles in New Orleans on the fifth anniversary of hurricane Katrina.
Alibis Hard to Come By .
The Alibi's last minute gift guide has you covered from candy to sausages.
I often pick up the Albuquerque Alibi to read your babosadas.
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