Excuse

Ex*cuse"

(?), n. [Cf. F. excuse. See Excuse, v. t.] 1. The act of excusing, apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like; acquittal; release; absolution; justification; extenuation.
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Pleading so wisely in excuse of it.
Shak.
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2. 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.
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Hence with denial vain and coy excuse.
Milton.
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3. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault. "It hath the excuse of youth." Shak.
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If eyes were made for seeing.
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.
Emerson.

Syn. -- See Apology.
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