Synonyms of excuse in English:



  • 1 eventually she excused him
    forgive, pardon, absolve, exonerate, acquit
    informal let someone off (the hook)
    formal exculpate
    eventually she excused him
    [Antonyms] punish blame
  • 2 such conduct can never be excused
    justify, defend, condone, vindicate; forgive, overlook, disregard, ignore, tolerate, sanction
    such conduct can never be excused
    [Antonyms] condemn


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  • 2 an excuse to get away
    pretext, ostensible reason, pretense
    informal story, alibi
  • 3 informal that pathetic excuse for a man!
    travesty of, poor specimen of
    informal apology for


Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
Aldous Huxley Point Counter Point (1928)

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