• WordNet 3.6
    • v excuse excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with "excuse someone's behavior","She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
    • v excuse serve as a reason or cause or justification of "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work","Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
    • v excuse grant exemption or release to "Please excuse me from this class"
    • v excuse ask for permission to be released from an engagement
    • v excuse defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior","he rationalized his lack of success"
    • v excuse accept an excuse for "Please excuse my dirty hands"
    • n excuse a poor example "it was an apology for a meal","a poor excuse for an automobile"
    • n excuse a note explaining an absence "he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
    • n excuse 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
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S. the most common excuse made to get out of paying a ticket is to say they missed the sign
    • Excuse That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault. "It hath the excuse of youth.""If eyes were made for seeing.
      Then beauty is its own excuse for being."
    • Excuse That which is offered as a reason for being excused; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology; as, an excuse for neglect of duty; excuses for delay of payment. "Hence with denial vain and coy excuse ."
    • Excuse The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation. "Pleading so wisely in excuse of it."
    • Excuse To free from accusation, or the imputation of fault or blame; to clear from guilt; to release from a charge; to justify by extenuating a fault; to exculpate; to absolve; to acquit. "A man's persuasion that a thing is duty, will not excuse him from guilt in practicing it, if really and indeed it be against Gog's law."
    • Excuse To free from an impending obligation or duty; hence, to disengage; to dispense with; to release by favor; also, to remit by favor; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture. "I pray thee have me excused ."
    • Excuse To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook; as, we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it. "I must excuse what can not be amended."
    • Excuse To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon. "And in our own ( excuse some courtly stains
      No whiter page than Addison remains."
    • Excuse To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for. "Think ye that we excuse ourselves to you?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the female orgasm, endorphines are released, which are powerful painkillers. So headaches are in fact a bad excuse not to have sex
    • excuse To offer an excuse or apology for: often reflexively.
    • excuse To furnish or serve as an excuse or apology for; serve as justification for; justify.
    • excuse To pardon, as a fault; forgive entirely, or overlook as venial or not blameworthy.
    • excuse To free or release from an obligation or duty; release by favor.
    • excuse To remit; refrain from exacting: as, to excuse a fine.
    • excuse To regard, permit, or receive with indulgence.
    • excuse To shield from blame.
    • excuse Synonyms To extenuate.
    • excuse To exempt, release, let off.
    • n excuse The act of excusing or apologizing, exculpating or justifying.
    • n excuse A plea offered or reason given in extenuation of a fault or a failure in duty; an apology; as, the debtor makes excuses for delay of payment.
    • n excuse That which serves as a reason or ground for excusing; an extenuating or justifying fact or argument, or what is adduced as such by way of apology or to secure pardon.
    • n excuse Synonyms Apology, Excuse, Plea. See apology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was the law in Scotland in 1288 that for each year known as "lepe yeare" any maiden lady could ask the man she liked to be her husband. If he refused and didn't have a good excuse he would be "mulcted of ye sum of one pound or less" (essentially, he would owe her a dollar). France enacted a similar law a year later.
    • v.t Excuse eks-kūz′ to free from blame or guilt: to forgive: to free from an obligation: to release, dispense with: to make an apology or ask pardon for
    • n Excuse (eks-kūs′) a plea offered in extenuation of a fault: indulgence
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.”
  • Irene Peter
    Irene Peter
    “Ignorance is no excuse, it's the real thing.”
  • Addison Mizner
    Addison Mizner
    “Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. escusen, cusen, OF. escuser, excuser, F. excuser, fr. L. excusare,; ex, out + causa, cause, causari, to plead. See Cause


In literature:

But I do not pretend to any such excuse.
"Mary Anerley" by R. D. Blackmore
If guests are reasonably late they may be excused, but the late dinner guest is correctly considered discourteous.
"Book of Etiquette, Volume 2" by Lillian Eichler Watson
You can go, if you like, and take our excuses.
"Three Comedies" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
He is making a paltry excuse.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
You will excuse all leave taking.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I humbly beg you'll excuse me.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Does it need so long an exordium to excuse thee, poor Parson Dale, for turning up that ace of spades with so triumphant a smile at thy partner?
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Excuse me for this dull letter.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Hope your friends'll excuse me.
"The Deluge" by David Graham Phillips
And the only excuse I can see is that there are many more in the same case.
"Three Dramas" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
The necessary excuse presented itself in the remote situation of the inn.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
You will excuse me, I'm sure.
"Heart and Science" by Wilkie Collins
Cain thinks he has made an effectual excuse for himself by saying that he is not his brother's keeper.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
For Rochester, indeed, there was some excuse.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
This is my excuse for coming here.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
I should not like to offend you, Leone; you will excuse me for speaking plainly.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
Ye see he tak's it on a drap brandy; and it's my belief, it's just an excuse for a dram.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Send excuses to Mrs. Manhattan.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
For two tiresome hours he had endured the Jesuit's pained excuses for Portugal's latest humiliation at sea.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
I don't excuse them at all, but I am obliged to answer their letters just as if I did.
"Miss Eden's Letters" by Emily Eden

In poetry:

These at labour make no sign,
More than planets, tides or years
Which discover God's design,
Not our hopes and not our fears;
Nor in aught they gain or lose
Seek a triumph or excuse.
"The Pro-Consuls" by Rudyard Kipling
While thus I praise thee, I do not pretend
That though a faithful, thou 'rt a faultless friend.
Excuse me, then,—I do not love to blame,—
When, for thy sake, thy faults I briefly name.
"To A Friend" by John Pierpont
And now farewell, my youthful friend,
Excuse these lines, in candour penned;
To me as freely counsel lend,
With zeal as fervent,
For you will pray, till life does end,
Your humble servant.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Once upon a time, in days remote,
A politician bought a vote.
The price he paid is not quite clear,
But probably a pot of beer
Secured his end. But he got in;
So folk excused this venial sin.
"The Genesis of Gloom [Australian Variety]" by C J Dennis
Music sweeter than words confess,
Or the minstrel's powers invent,
Thrilled here once at the light caress
Of the fairy hands that lent
This excuse for the kiss I press
On the dear old instrument.
"The Old Guitar" by James Whitcomb Riley
Was it snowing I spoke of? Excuse the mistake!
Look close,— you will see not a sign of a flake!
We want some new garlands for those we have shed,—
And these are white roses in place of the red.
"The Boys" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

0 Christopher Lloyd and Jerry Stiller in " Excuse Me for Living".
Smashed' and ' Excuse Me for Living.
' Excuse Me for Living' review.
Jerry Stiller's back for laughs with ' Excuse Me for Living'.
Jerry Stiller with Christopher Lloyd in Excuse Me For Living.
Excuse Me for Living Written and directed by Ric Klass Dada Films Opens October 12, AMC Loews Village 7.
Excuse me , could I bother you for just a moment to stand still and shut up.
WWE star Vickie Guerrero discusses ' Excuse me ' and SummerSlam.
Excuse me , your lens cap is on.
Ah, excuse me , did Brett Wallace miss the plane.
Excuse Me While I DIE.
Excuse me Mr President, but if the private sector is doing fine a plague of millionaires soon will descend upon the land from sea to shining sea.
Hollywood LOVES, "Now if you'll excuse me ".
Excuse Me , We're Making A Movie Here.
No more excuses, I'm making a movie (a real one).

In science:

Certainly, as any physical theory detached from experiment it looks like it is ”flying in the air” and the only excuses for such theory may come from new ideas, which have shown up inside string theory and, very slowly, affect the modern scientific paradigm of what is quantum field theory.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Discussion of previous section on second stage of the Dirac procedure excuses the following notations. a) Notations for phase space variables (pα are not included): (qA , pj ) ≡ z1 .
Search for gauge symmetry generators of singular Lagrangian theory
It is clear, that usage of electronic spectrum of a non-deformed (ideal) lattice is possible for small deformations and, basically, such usage is excused at the description of threshold deformation ≤ 10−3 (about an elastic limit).
Influence of the finite deformations changing the symmetry of an initial lattice on a generation of atoms displacements waves by non-equilibrium electrons
One ought be excused for finding this apologia at leas t lexicographically pathological.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
Unfortunately I have not been able to attend the school. I want to express my thanks to the organizers for inviting me and also my excuses for not being there.
Sub-riemannian geometry from intrinsic viewpoint
Therefore, there has been a certain, perhaps excusable, tendency to state theorems in a rather casual manner, and to provide only what might be called plausibility arguments.
Group structure of the solution manifold of the hyperbolic Ernst equation --- general study of the subject and detailed elaboration of mathematical proofs
The fact that we do not understand usual fermion masses should be not taken as an excuse to avoid confrontation with theory in our view.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
But two groups of theorists were prepared to excuse them from primary responsiblity for heating and stirring the interstellar medium (Haverkorn et al. 2006 in favor of H II regions and Koda et al. (2006) in favor of galactic differential rotation).
Astrophysics in 2006
This, however, does not excuse one from vigilance for significant deviations from perturbative predictions.
QCD Tests in Proton-Antiproton Collisions
One of the top priorities for the theorists now is to understand the detailed shape of the J/ψ and ψ ′ distributions in the entire range of xF ; we no longer have an excuse of insufficient data.
I would like to thank the organizers for a wonderful conference and a great excuse to vacation in the Pacific Northwest. I would also like to thank the National Science Foundation for funding and the following people for help in preparing this talk: L.
QCD at High Energies
Excuse me, but I mean that a masses of the real members of the particles families are defined by a father numbers with a precise h. I.e. denumerable many of a families exist.
A Piece of the Lepton Theory from a Probability
Given their number, it is quite possible that a few are already in the literature. I hope the reader excuses my not researching these ones: it is very difficult nowadays to access pay–only journals from outside university.
Prove or Disprove. 100 Conjectures from the OEIS
As mentioned in the introduction, this paper is the final version of a preprint [G3] that has been around for several years. I can offer no excuse for this state of affairs, but am glad to remedy it now. I am grateful to certain people for drawing my attention to mistakes in the preprint.
An infinite Ramsey theorem and some Banach-space dichotomies
With regard to special relativity, Lee Smolin has of course a great excuse. He simply reiterates in his book the specious views physicists at large hold concerning the way relativity came into being.
On Lee Smolin's The Trouble with Physics