• WordNet 3.6
    • n excuser a person who pardons or forgives or excuses a fault or offense
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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
    • Excuser One who excuses or forgives another.
    • Excuser One who offers excuses or pleads in extenuation of the fault of another.
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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
    • n excuser One who offers excuses or pleads for himself or for another.
    • n excuser One who excuses or accepts the excuse or apology of another.
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't make excuses, make good.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Every life is its own excuse for being.”
  • George Washington Carver
    George Washington Carver
    “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
  • Ben Johnston
    Ben Johnston
    “Bad people excuse their faults; wise people leave them.”
  • Moliere
    “The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them; it is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.”


In literature:

Bailey Bangs's surprise was excusable.
"Cy Whittaker's Place" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Excuse me, sir, a moment.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley
He has committed a crime, but he has an excuse, his passion.
"The Widow Lerouge" by Emile Gaboriau
It is a poor excuse for a man to say, 'I did not think of it' when he commits some oversight.
"File No. 113" by Emile Gaboriau
You will excuse me, will you not?
"The Vultures" by Henry Seton Merriman
Mahony made excuses for Purdy, urging his unsettled mode of life.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
From excuse to excuse, three weeks passed over.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
That fall, to which he referred upon every occasion, served as an excuse for his indolence.
"Fromont and Risler, Complete" by Alphonse Daudet
But she would not listen to his excuses.
"Herb of Grace" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
If you will excuse me, I have some dates that will assist my accuracy.
"Nuttie's Father" by Charlotte M. Yonge

In poetry:

"To buy two drinks to quench one thirst
Is utterly absurd;
Unless, of course, you're on a burst
Or jag (excuse the word).
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
Of womenkind such indeed is the love,
Or the word love abused,
Under which many childish desires
And conceits are excused.
"As ye came from the Holy Land" by Anonymous British
My cousin fair, dear Mary B,
Excuse my long neglect I pray,
And pardon too, the homely strain,
In which I sing this rustic lay.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
The truants of life's weary school,
Without excuse from thrift
We change for once the gains of toil
For God's unpurchased gift.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
THUS I lift the sash, so long
Shut against the flight of song;
All too late for vain excuse,--
Lo, my captive rhymes are loose.
"Opening The Window" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Can grief excuse indifference
With groan or tear?
Can deep remorse and penitence,
Or anguish mitigate offense
With pang sincere?
"In Mortem Meditare." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Among the better "oops" tax excuses of the last few years was the statement by Treasury Secretary hopeful Timothy Geithner.
They are full of excuses, and crippled with guilt.
Counter common excuses that hinder healthy eating choices.
There's no excuses this year, especially with the mild weather and spring-like temperatures.
Democrats are shell shocked and left searching for excuses.
Rocky Mountain altitude is a better excuse than that.
Hey, I have an excuse.
Twentysomethings don't usually need an excuse to crowd the streets of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY, on weekend nights, but this past weekend, they had one anyway.
"I'm sorry I'm late, it was all my fault," is the ideal excuse to use when you've become a little detained at a bar with some friends when you'd promised to be back in time to cook dinner.
Meanwhile, Lee Dunnigan, a resident of Stonewall II apartments, on Chapman Highway, says people dead-set against the Ten-Year Plan are just searching for excuses to oppose Flenniken.
Several unspoken messages lay behind that expression - that hunting provides a ready-made excuse to carry a weapon.
Histrionic personality disorder is no excuse.
Does this poor excuse for a president actually spend any time in his office doing his job.
Snow days are the best excuse for not leaving the house.
Living just two doors away from the Opera House, I have no excuse for the fact that last week was my first time to attend one of its events under the new management.

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
In this situation some summary speakers would abandon their task and speak only about their own research – you have to be very famous to do that, the Nobel prize is a common excuse – or then resort to telling jokes, but then only good ones.
Summary of the XXXIX Rencontres de Moriond