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- n. excuse
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Excuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An excuse.
Compare Old French escusement. (Wiktionary)
"O our lord Alaeddin, blame us not, for that the Sultan hath bidden us carry thee to him, bound and shackled; wherefore we beseech thee of excusement, for that we are under a royal commandment and may not gainsay it."