Synonyms for excuse

Synonyms for (noun) excuse

Synonyms: excuse, apology

Definition: a poor example

Usage: it was an apology for a meal; a poor excuse for an automobile

Similar words: representative, illustration, instance, example

Definition: an item of information that is typical of a class or group

Usage: this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome; there is an example on page 10


Synonyms: excuse

Definition: a note explaining an absence

Usage: he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him

Similar words: billet, short letter, note, line

Definition: a short personal letter

Usage: drop me a line when you get there


Synonyms: alibi, self-justification, exculpation, excuse

Definition: a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

Usage: he kept finding excuses to stay; every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job; his transparent self-justification was unacceptable

Similar words: defence, defense, vindication

Definition: the justification for some act or belief

Usage: he offered a persuasive defense of the theory

Synonyms for (verb) excuse

Synonyms: excuse, condone

Definition: excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

Usage: excuse someone's behavior; She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities

Similar words: forgive

Definition: stop blaming or grant forgiveness

Usage: I forgave him his infidelity; She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday


Synonyms: excuse, explain

Definition: serve as a reason or cause or justification of

Usage: Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work; Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again

Similar words: vindicate, justify

Definition: show to be right by providing justification or proof

Usage: vindicate a claim


Synonyms: excuse, exempt, relieve, let off

Definition: grant exemption or release to

Usage: Please excuse me from this class

Similar words: free, justify, absolve

Definition: let off the hook

Usage: I absolve you from this responsibility


Synonyms: excuse, beg off

Definition: ask for permission to be released from an engagement

Similar words: bespeak, call for, request, quest

Definition: express the need or desire for; ask for

Usage: She requested an extra bed in her room; She called for room service


Synonyms: rationalise, rationalize, justify, apologise, apologize, excuse

Definition: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

Usage: rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior; he rationalized his lack of success

Similar words: fend for, support, defend

Definition: argue or speak in defense of

Usage: She supported the motion to strike


Synonyms: pardon, excuse

Definition: accept an excuse for

Usage: Please excuse my dirty hands

Similar words: forgive

Definition: stop blaming or grant forgiveness

Usage: I forgave him his infidelity; She cannot forgive him for forgetting her birthday