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Synonyms of excuse in English:


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

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  • 1 that's no excuse for stealing
    justification, defense, reason, explanation, mitigating circumstances, mitigation, vindication
  • 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
  • Quote

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

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