Excuse in a sentence

The word "excuse" in a example sentences. Learn the definition of excuse and how to use it in a sentence.

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Definition of 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.
  • 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.
  • To regard with indulgence; to view leniently or to overlook; to pardon.
  • 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.
  • To relieve of an imputation by apology or defense; to make apology for as not seriously evil; to ask pardon or indulgence for.
  • The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
  • 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.
  • That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault.
  • a poor example
  • a note explaining an absence
  • a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
  • excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
  • serve as a reason or cause or justification of
  • grant exemption or release to
  • ask for permission to be released from an engagement
  • defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
  • accept an excuse for

How to use excuse in a sentence. Excuse pronunciation.

This may he true, but what then, Will this excuse them?
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The reader will excuse me from translating.
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They had a valid excuse for avoiding public entertainments-an expense so often imposed by mere fashion.
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I hope you'll excuse me; I don't wish to make myself offensive.
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Fortunately, we have the excuse of her unbearable temper.
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If Christ were to come to-day, the world would be without excuse in having rejected him, and could not plead that signs and wonders had been abundantly wrought in His name in the establishing of His church upon the earth.
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He could not; business wretched; poor enough himself,' and all the well known line of excuses.
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That very morning the landlord came and said that if she could only raise $4 he would excuse the rest; but she did not have the $4.
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This harsh greeting, distressed Josephine exceedingly, and she attempted to excuse herself; but his Majesty replied in such a manner as to bring tears to her eyes, though he afterwards repented of this, and begged pardon of the Empress, acknowledging that he had been wrong.
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This excuses you for ill-manners.
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She much desired to see the baby, and Nancy found it difficult to invent excuses for her unwillingness.
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Nothing could excuse so gross an insult.
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I know you had every excuse for being embittered and for acting revengefully.
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Interest made Mrs. Damerel generous; she admitted every excuse for Winifred, and persuaded herself that in procuring Horace such a wife she was doing him only a nominal wrong.
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He sought to excuse himself for having forsaken her in her trial.
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This is at once the explanation of and excuse for his snobbery.
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His air of ennui and lassitude, which with him at least had the excuse of a serious foundation, was servilely copied by the youth around him, who never knew any greater distress than an overloaded stomach, but whom it pleased, nevertheless, to appear faded in their flower and contemptuous of human nature.
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Then I have excuses also to make.
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Ah, young sir, as you read Virgil, you will excuse me once more.
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Camors did not regret this invitation, as it gave him the excuse for some diversion in his thoughts, of which he felt the need.
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Examples of Excuse

Example #1
Tis to no purpose for such to say, That they are cautious what Plays they see, and always go to the best and that the _Play-Houses_ would thrive whether they frequented them or no.
Example #2
Serious_, tell me how they can answer it to _God_, or their own _Consciences_, to be any ways Instrumental towards the _Support_ of so much Wickedness?
Example #3
What Mr. Ballou customarily meant, when he used a long word, was a secret between himself and his Maker.
Example #4
We could really have accomplished the journey in ten days if we had towed the horses behind the wagon, but we did not think of that until it was too late, and so went on shoving the horses and the wagon too when we might have saved half the labor.
Example #5
The house was roomy, the garden delightful.
Example #6
Moreover, the remoteness of their friends favoured economy; they could easily decline invitations, and need not often issue them.