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  • v. Present participle of excuse.


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  • In my view, the notions that you espouse are the ultimate in excusing irresponsible conduct.

    Bush Administration v. Environmental Groups

  • Here, perhaps, the entire lack of common-sense on the part of the hero would serve rather as a warning than a stimulating example, but the conduct of the wife in excusing the errors of her foolish husband is a model of resourcefulness.

    The Art of the Story-Teller

  • I had great difficulty in excusing myself from being of the party, which would have given me very serious concern.

    Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World

  • You’re not concerned with upholding war crimes and honestly deciding whether the United States under Clinton committed war crimes; you’re simply interested in excusing the Bush administration’s actions. jack Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Conservatives’ Unhinged Attacks on Nancy Pelosi

  • So we went with the idea of excusing ourselves as soon as possible.

    George Mason's Italian dance-off

  • The beginner must especially learn that the "good intention" to serve the case and the so-called excusing "eagerness to do one's duty," by which little lies are sometimes justified, have absolutely no worth.

    Criminal Psychology: a manual for judges, practitioners, and students

  • The superstition grew apace that this was a mystic courier come with great news from the war -- the poetry of the idea excusing and commending it -- and on it spread, from heart to heart, from lip to lip and from street to street, till there was a general impulse to have out the military and welcome the bright waif with a salvo of artillery!

    Roughing It

  • But if so, she must tell him at once, and he would know that she had done so because she was afraid of her aunt, and she disliked the idea of excusing herself before she was accused.

    Miss Mackenzie

  • But maybe what's different here is because you're talking about these high profile folks and, yes, the apology that is soon to follow, are we all kind of excusing one another for losing our temper.

    CNN Transcript Sep 19, 2009

  • There are those not just 'excusing' these horrific activities, but are finding all sorts of bizarre rationalisations and deliberately doing them.

    MND: Your Daily Dose of Counter-Theory


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