Synonyms of excuse in English:

excuse


See definition of excuse

verb

1‘eventually she excused him, as she always did’

SYNONYMS

forgive, pardon, absolve, exonerate, acquit

make allowances for

informal let someone off, let someone off the hook

rare exculpate

ANTONYMS

punish, blame

2‘such conduct can never be excused’

SYNONYMS

justify, defend, make excuses for, make a case for, explain, explain away, rationalize, condone, vindicate, warrant

mitigate, palliate

apologize for

forgive, overlook, disregard, ignore, pass over, turn a blind eye to, turn a deaf ear to, wink at, blink at, indulge, tolerate, sanction

rare extenuate

ANTONYMS

condemn

3‘she has been excused from her duties for now’

SYNONYMS

let off, release, relieve, exempt, spare, absolve, free, liberate

rare dispense

ANTONYMS

hold to


noun

1‘that's no excuse for stealing’

SYNONYMS

justification, defence, reason, explanation, mitigating circumstances, mitigation, extenuation, palliation, vindication

grounds, cause, basis, call

argument, apology, apologia, plea

2‘he needed an excuse to get away from his family’

SYNONYMS

pretext, ostensible reason, pretence, front, cover-up, fabrication, evasion

informal story, alibi, line, cop-out

British informal get-out

3‘that pathetic excuse for a man!’

SYNONYMS

travesty of, apology for, poor specimen of, pitiful example of, mockery of

pale shadow of, poor imitation of