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1‘such conduct can never be excused’
justify, defend, make excuses for, make a case for, rationalize, condone, vindicate, warrant
forgive, overlook, disregard, ignore, pass over, turn a blind eye to, turn a deaf ear to, wink at, blink at, indulge, tolerate, sanction
2‘she has been excused from her duties for now’
let off, release, relieve, exempt, spare, absolve, free, liberate
3‘eventually she excused him, as she always did’
forgive, pardon, absolve, exonerate, acquit
make allowances for
1‘that's no excuse for stealing’
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’
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!’
travesty of, apology for, poor specimen of, pitiful example of, mockery of
informal pale shadow of, poor imitation of
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