excusing

[ verb ik-skyooz; noun ik-skyoos ]SEE DEFINITION OF excusing
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXCUSING

But above all, let them not aid in excusing and palliating it.

Affery was excusing herself with 'Don't ask nothing of me, Arthur!'

I know that method of excusing all male weaknesses and follies.

As he finished this last he was called away, and excusing himself, left me.

The dealer was on his feet in a moment, saluting, excusing himself.

"I did not want to go," replies Violet, in a soft, excusing tone.

Excusing ourselves by the fact that it was not yet seven did not calm the atmosphere.

"My life is too precious in the Assembly just at present," he said to me, excusing himself.

Anne was silent, but she was excusing Amanda in her thoughts.

And then, excusing himself, he rose and left, followed by the man.

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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