free sb from a duty
make bad behaviour seem less bad or harmless
reason given to explain or defend one's behaviour
"he kept finding excuses to stay"
"every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"
"his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
"he had to get his mother to write an excuse for him"
"it was an apology for a meal"
"a poor excuse for an automobile"
"Please excuse my dirty hands"
"Please excuse me from this class"
"Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work"
"Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"
"he rationalized his lack of success"
"excuse someone's behavior"
"She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
The old woman gave me a note of excuse.
I should rather excuse myself, then censure others.
出自： I. Walton
She excused..having made him wait.
出自： E. Haywood
Excuse me for interrupting you.
Excuse me for being rude.
Please excuse me for using your telephone without asking permission.
You can't be excused for such a silly reason.
I cannot excuse you from attending my classes.
She excused herself from attending the meeting.
Those who passed the first test are excused from the second one.
They may be excused from complying with this regulation.
误 Excuse me for I have not answered your letter.
正 Excuse me for not answering your letter.
误 Ade excused him for his tardiness, saying his watch was wrong.
正 Ade excused himself for his tardiness, saying his watch was wrong.
析 表示“为自己…找借口〔开脱〕”,要用excuse oneself for。
误 As excuse of her failure she said she had been ill.
正 In excuse of her failure she said she had been ill.
析 表示“作为…的借口”,可说in excuse of,不可说as excuse of。