• WordNet 3.6
    • n exculpation the act of freeing from guilt or blame
    • n exculpation 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 Exculpation The act of exculpating from alleged fault or crime; that which exculpates; excuse. "These robbers, however, were men who might have made out a strong case in exculpation of themselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exculpation The act of exculpating or of exonerating from a charge of fault or crime; vindication.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. exculpatio,


In literature:

Quite evidently she is not a Griselda, but possessed with a shocking desire to exculpate herself and her friends.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
And then I attempted to exculpate myself.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
It was doubtless to this act of injustice that Labai alludes in his letter of exculpation.
"Patriarchal Palestine" by Archibald Henry Sayce
Then he plunged to the heart of the matter, as though in haste to exculpate himself.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
These, however, are exculpations of the man rather than justifications of his theory.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
Far be it from me to attempt to exculpate you in your own eyes, or extenuate your former criminality.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
But that doesn't quite exculpate Mr.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Even my fellows view this as a mitigation, if not as an exculpation.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
By such a dreadful deed, that if on earth Aught could exculpate murder, it were this.
"Iphigenia in Tauris" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
How was she to escape from them, or to exculpate herself?
"Humours of Irish Life" by Various
He hurried off to exculpate himself and explain the real aim of his book.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol IV. No. XX. January, 1852." by Various
This must have been Mr. St. Albans, and Anna stood fully exculpated in her eyes.
"Tales for Fifteen" by James Fenimore Cooper
I would rather exculpate him as far as possible.
"The Gipsy (Vols I & II)" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford) James
They do not exculpate Sainte-Beuve, but they at least free him from ridicule.
"Shelburne Essays, Third Series" by Paul Elmer More
This was in January, 1855; in February, 1856, Taylor presented an elaborate report, wholly exculpating Hodson.
"Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India" by W. S. R. Hodson
On me, and me alone, depends your exculpation.
"Agincourt" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford) James
They are able, & seem to me entirely exculpated the legislature.
"The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4)" by Albert J. Beveridge
A conference was consequently held, and Harold endeavoured to exculpate his brother and to soften the Northumbrians.
"Danes, Saxons and Normans" by John G. Edgar
She implores him to exculpate himself.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
Again he had endeavored to exculpate himself, yet she could not believe that he was innocent.
"In the Roar of the Sea" by Sabine Baring-Gould