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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXCUSE

I'm so agitated by recent events, that, that—indeed you must excuse me.

Excuse me, my dear friend, for these grave soliloquies, as I may call them.

Excuse me, my dear, I never was thus particular before; no, not to you.

He has kindly furnished us with an excuse for being so long together, said she.

Excuse me, Mr. Vavasor, but how do you know I am not a professional singer?

I make no excuse for this immoral act, and ask no one to say I did right.

But in truth her mother so rarely jested that there was some excuse for her.

She had been reared in a criminal family, which must excuse much.

Would his employer be so kind as to excuse him for an hour, if convenient?

The sincerity of him was excuse enough for the seeming indelicacy of the question.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "attempt to clear (someone) from blame," from Old French escuser (12c., Modern French excuser) "apologize, make excuses; pardon, exonerate," from Latin excusare "excuse, make an excuse for, release from a charge," from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + causa "accusation, legal action" (see cause).

Meaning "to obtain exemption or release" is from mid-15c.; that of "to accept another's plea of excuse" is from early 14c. Excuse me as a mild apology or statement of polite disagreement is from c.1600.

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