An example of an excuse is a student saying that his dog ate his homework.
An example of to excuse is to allow a child to leave the table after dinner.
The child ate quickly and asked to be excused.
A selfish act that nothing will excuse.
Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.
A poor excuse for a poet; a sorry excuse for a car.
Excuse my rudeness.
Witty talk does not excuse bad manners.
She was excused from jury duty because she knew the plaintiff.
May I be excused from the table?
I excused myself from the proceedings to think over what I'd heard.
You know he shouldn't have done it, so don't try to excuse his behavior!
Tell me why you were late – and I don't want to hear any excuses!
That thing is a poor excuse for a gingerbread man. Hasn't anyone taught you how to bake?
He's a sorry excuse of a doctor.
- Used to acknowledge and ask forgiveness for an action that could cause offense.
- Used to request that a statement be repeated.
- a very inferior example of
- I am sorry; pardon me
- please repeat or clarify what you just said
- to ask that one's fault be overlooked; apologize
- to ask for permission to leave
- to express one's regret over not being able to attend a social gathering, etc.
Origin of excuse
- Middle English excusen from Old French excuser from Latin excūsāre ex- ex- causa accusation cause
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition