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excuse (example)

Definition:

a poor example

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

excuses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a poor excuse for an automobile

Synonyms:

apology

Etymology:

[verb] "attempt to clear (someone) from blame", from Old French ... | [noun]...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of excuse...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

apology | apologies [plural] | apologia [sense-specific]

an oral or written expression of regret or contrition for a fault or failing | a poor substitute or offering | another word for "apologia" (23 of 485 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/apology

Merriam-Webster:

apology | apologies [plural] | makeshift [synonym, sense-specific] | defense [synonym, sense-specific] | excuse [synonym, sense-specific] | alibi [synonym, sense-specific] | justification [synonym, sense-specific] | plea [synonym, sense-specific] | reason [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a formal justification; "defense" ; "excuse" [sense-specific] | an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret | a poor ... (21 of 338 words, 3 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apology

Macmillan British Dictionary:

apology | apologies [plural] | an apology for something | make/offer no apologies | my humble/deepest/sincere etc apologies

[countable] a statement that tells someone that you are sorry for doing ... | [countable, formal] a statement in which you defend or explain something ... (24 of 207 words, 5 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/apology

Wikipedia:

Apology [disambiguation] | Apologize

may refer to: Apologetics, the systematic defense of a position Christian apologetics, the defense of Christianity | Apology (Plato), Plato's recording of Socrates' defense at trial | Apology (Xenophon), Xenophon's version of Socrates' defense | ... (32 of 202 words, 20 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Apology

Britannica Encyclopedia:

apology [literature]

autobiographical form in which a defense is the framework for a discussion by the author of his personal beliefs and viewpoints. An early example ... (24 of 188 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/30105​/apology

Oxford Dictionary:

apology | apologies [plural] | an apology for | with apologies to | beg-pardon [Australian, New Zealand, informal]

a regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure | ("apologies") : a formal expression of regret at being unable to attend a meeting or social ... (24 of 150 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/apology

Columbia Encyclopedia:

apology

literary work that defends, justifies, or clarifies an author's ideas or point of view. Unlike the ordinary use of the word, the literary use neither ... (25 of 128 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0804376​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

apology [entry 1]

an act of saying sorry (5 of 96 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apology 1

apology [entry 2, formal] | (your) apologies | your apologies | apologies

a message politely telling someone that you cannot be present at their meeting or party (15 of 43 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apology 2

apology [entry 3, formal] | apologia

a formal explanation or defence of a belief or system, especially one that is unpopular (15 of 26 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/apology 3

Random House Dictionary:

apology | apologies [plural] | Apology [sense-specific]

a written or spoken expression of one's regret, remorse, or sorrow for having insulted, failed, injured, or wronged another. | a defense, excuse, or ... (23 of 89 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/apology

American Heritage Dictionary:

apology | apologies [plural]

An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense. | A formal justification or defense. | An explanation or excuse | An ... (22 of 70 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apology

New World Dictionary:

apology | apologies [plural]

a formal spoken or written defense of some idea, religion, philosophy, etc. | an acknowledgment of some fault, injury, insult, etc., with an ... (22 of 70 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/apology

Wiktionary:

apology | apologies [plural] | apologie [archaic, sense-specific] | apologia [synonym, sense-specific]

An expression of remorse or regret for having said or done something that harmed another: an instance of apologizing (saying that one is sorry). | A formal justification, defence. (28 of 32 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/apology

Encarta Dictionary:

apology | apologies [plural]

a written or spoken statement expressing remorse for something | an inferior or bad example of something (humorous) | a formal defense or ... (21 of 72 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586256​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

excuse

First use: early 13th century | late 14th century

Origin: [verb] "attempt to clear (someone) from blame", from Old French ... | [noun] "action of offering an apology", from Old French excuse, from ... (28 of 116 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=excuse

Wiktionary:

excuse | excuses [plural] | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English excusen, from Old French escuser, from Latin excūsō ("to excuse, allege in excuse, literally, free from a charge"), from ex ("out") + causa ("a charge"); see cause and accuse.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/excuse

New World Dictionary:

excuse | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English excusen from Old French escuser and Latin excusare, to free from a charge from Latin ex-, from + causa, a charge: see "cause"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/excuse

Oxford Dictionary:

excuse | excuse oneself | be excused | an excuse for

Origin: Middle English: from Old French escuser (verb), from Latin excusare "to free from blame", from ex- "out" + causa "accusation, cause"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/excuse

American Heritage Dictionary:

excuse | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle] | excuses [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English excusen, from Old French excuser, from Latin excūsāre: ex-, ex- + causa, accusation; see "cause".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/excuse

Collins Dictionary:

excuse

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Latin excusāre, from ex-1 + -cūsare, from causa cause, accusation

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/excuse

Merriam-Webster:

excuse [entry 1, verb] | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French escuser, excuser, from Latin excusare, from ex- + causa cause, explanation

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/excuse

Encarta Dictionary:

excuse | excuses [plural] | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: French from Latin excusare "remove from accusation" from causa "accusation"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861609681​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

excuse [transitive, verb] | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle] | excuses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "excuse"

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excuse [countable] | excuses [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "excuse"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

excuse [transitive] | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle] | excuses [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "excuse"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/excuse

excuse [countable, noun] | excuses [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "excuse"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

excuse [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "excuse"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "excuse"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/excuse 1

excuse [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "excuse"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "excuse"

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the Free Dictionary:

excuse

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "excuse"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "excuse"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "excuse" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/excuse

Google Dictionary:

excuse | excuses [plural] | excused [past tense] | excusing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "excuse"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

excuse

Audio: North American pronunciation of "excuse"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=excuse​01 word=excuse

excuse

Audio: North American pronunciation of "excuse"

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YourDictionary Audio:

excuse

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "excuse" by speech synthesizer

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