from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending or serving to excuse.

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  • adj. serving to make an excuse

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making or containing excuse or apology; apologetical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Making excuse; containing excuse or apology; apologetical: as, an excusatory plea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offering or expressing apology


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  • This is largely however because I'm more interested in the eploitative approach to strange fiction than the explicatory or excusatory approach.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • I daresay there's many "world junkies" whose interest in explication doesn't rule out (i.e. over-ride completely) a liking for exploitative and excusatory modes and their results.

    More Aesthetics

  • By "symbolic formulation", then, I mean those types of strange fiction which take a purely excusatory approach to the strange, rather than explicatory or exploitative approaches.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • Again, this doesn't actually distinguish fantasy from any other (Romantic and excusatory) commercial genre, but that's not the point here.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • This leads to much of the explicatory genre work, over time, becoming harder to distingish from the excusatory symbolic formulation of these Nth generation knock-offs.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • If he's right to do so -- and I think he is -- this indicates some other aesthetic at play here, something more to immersion than the Romantic glamour, the excusatory fancy of symbolic formulation.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • Unfortunately that conflation is common amongst those less versed in the relevant genres since the excusatory symbolic formulation, by nature, rips off the explicatory works, simulating authenticity by simply copying from the original.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • The categorisation and reference problems mentioned earlier as regards the term "fat fantasy" are highlighted here, in the risk of conflating the excusatory and the explicatory.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • At this point, I think, we need to distinguish purely excusatory "fat fantasy" where the worldbuilding is largely irrelevant, superficial and derivative (the classic Tolkien clone) from explicatory "fat fantasy" where the worldbuilding is integral, layered and innovative (as in Tolkien himself).

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • This is an additional Unsaid that Democrats conceal with their excusatory blather about "changing course" now that the Iraq Adventure has turned into Friday the 13th.

    Stan Goff: PING & PONG: you are the ball


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