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See definition of excuses on Dictionary.com
  • nounreason, explanation
  • verbforgive, absolve; justify

synonyms for excuses

  • alibi
  • apology
  • justification
  • pretext
  • rationalization
  • substitute
  • trick
  • cleanup
  • cover
  • defense
  • disguise
  • evasion
  • expedient
  • extenuation
  • grounds
  • jive
  • makeshift
  • mitigation
  • plea
  • regrets
  • routine
  • semblance
  • shift
  • song
  • stall
  • stopgap
  • story
  • subterfuge
  • vindication
  • whitewash
  • cop-out
  • cover story
  • coverup
  • fish story
  • song and dance
  • why and wherefore

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How to use excuses in a sentence

How clumsy seemed my own excuses for coming at all, compared to his pleasure at finding her at home!
THE SOLDIER OF THE VALLEYNELSON LLOYD
The woman seemed very reluctant to accept the offer, pleading various excuses.
THE WORLD BEFORE THEMSUSANNA MOODIE
Isabel told him politely never to ride out without using the telephone first, and had her excuses already coined.
ANCESTORSGERTRUDE ATHERTON
Besides, he was willing to admit that there were excuses for Cassidy, and there was a certain quiet tenacity in him.
THE GOLD TRAILHAROLD BINDLOSS
At last I have had a letter from Deyverdun, wretched excuses, nothing done, vexatious enough.
PRIVATE LETTERS OF EDWARD GIBBON (1753-1794) VOLUME 1 (OF 2)EDWARD GIBBON
Yet those would sound like paltry excuses after a six months' expedition to Paris.
PRIVATE LETTERS OF EDWARD GIBBON (1753-1794) VOLUME 1 (OF 2)EDWARD GIBBON
Flie not to these excuses: thou hast binFalse in thy promise, and when I haue saidVngratefull, all is spoke.
THE FATAL DOWRYPHILIP MASSINGER
Yet her attempts at explanation were generally taken as polite excuses for neglecting those who had been kind and cordial.
THE DAUGHTERS OF DANAUSMONA CAIRD
But the money was the thing that did it, Mr. Rundell, an' I'm no' gaun to mak' excuses noo aboot it.
THE UNDERWORLDJAMES C. WELSH
He stammered some excuses, counted out the sum, and saw his hateful visitors depart.
TALES AND FANTASIESROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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