Synonyms of excuse in English:

excuse


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verb

1‘eventually she excused him, as she always did’

SYNONYMS
forgive, pardon, absolve, exonerate, acquit
make allowances for
informal let someone off, let someone off the hook
rare exculpate
ANTONYMS

punish, blame

2‘such conduct can never be excused’

SYNONYMS
justify, defend, make excuses for, make a case for, explain, explain away, rationalize, condone, vindicate, warrant
mitigate, palliate
apologize for
forgive, overlook, disregard, ignore, pass over, turn a blind eye to, turn a deaf ear to, wink at, blink at, indulge, tolerate, sanction
rare extenuate
ANTONYMS

condemn

3‘she has been excused from her duties for now’

SYNONYMS
let off, release, relieve, exempt, spare, absolve, free, liberate
rare dispense
ANTONYMS

hold to


noun

1‘that's no excuse for stealing’

SYNONYMS
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’

SYNONYMS
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!’

SYNONYMS
travesty of, apology for, poor specimen of, pitiful example of, mockery of
pale shadow of, poor imitation of