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Main Entry: 1ex·cuse
Inflected Form(s): ex·cused; ex·cus·ing 1: to make apology for <excused myself for being late> 2: to overlook or dismiss as of little importance <excuse a mistake> 3 a: to release from doing something <excused the class from homework> b: to allow to leave <excused the sick student from class> 4: to be an acceptable reason for : JUSTIFY <nothing excuses bad manners> - ex·cus·able /-skyü-z-bl/ adjective - ex·cus·ably /-bl/ adverb - ex·cus·ernoun synonymsEXCUSE, CONDONE, PARDON, FORGIVE mean to demand neither punishment nor payment in return for a loss or wrong. EXCUSE suggests overlooking a fault or error by not criticizing or punishing the one responsible <excused them for being late>. CONDONE suggests accepting without protest a blameworthy act or condition <does not condone cheating on taxes>. PARDON suggests the freeing from a penalty that is due <the governor pardoned the convicted criminals>. FORGIVE suggests giving up feelings of resentment and the desire for revenge <forgave the students who had been mean to her>.