Dictionary: EX-CU-BA'TION – EX-CUSS'

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The act of watching all night. [Littled used.] Dict.


That may be exculpated.

EX-CULP'ATE, v.t. [It. scolpare; L. ex and culpo, to blame, culpa, fault.]

To clear by words from a charge or imputation of fault or guilt; to excuse. How naturally are we inclined to exculpate ourselves and throw the blame on others. Eve endeavored to exculpate herself for eating the forbidden fruit, and throw the blame on the serpent; Adam attempted to exculpate himself and throw the blame on Eve.


Cleared by words from the imputation of fault or guilt.


Clearing by words from the charge of fault or crime.


The act of vindicating from a charge of fault or crime; excuse.


Able to clear from the charge of fault or guilt; excusing; containing excuse. Johnson.

EX-CUR'SION, n. [L. excursio, excurso, from cursus, from curro, to run.]

  1. A rambling; a deviating from a stated or settled path. She in low numbers short excursions tries. Pope.
  2. Progression beyond fixed limits; as, the excursions of the seasons into the extremes of heat and cold. Arbuthnot.
  3. Digression; a wandering from a subject or main design. Atterbury.
  4. An expedition or journey into a distant part; any rambling from a point or place, and return to the same point or place.


Rambling; wandering; deviating; as, an excursive fancy or imagination.


In a wandering manner. Boswell.


The act of wandering or passing usual limits.

EX-CURS'US, n. [L.]

Digression. Among theological writers, a more full exposition of some important point or doctrine, appended to a work.

EX-CU'SA-BLE, a. [s as z. See EXCUSE.]

  1. That may be excused; pardonable; as, the man is excusable.
  2. Admitting of excuse or justification; as, an excusable action.

EX-CU'SA-BLE-NESS, n. [s as z.]

The state of being excusable; pardonableness; the quality of admitting of excuse. Boyle.

EX-CUS'A-BLY, adv.


EX-CU-SA'TION, n. [s as z.]

Excuse; apology. [Little used.] Bacon.

EX-CU-SA'TOR, n. [s as z.]

One who makes or is authorized to make an excuse or carry an apology. Hume.

EX-CU'SA-TO-RY, a. [s as z.]

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

EX-CUSE', n.

  1. A plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology. Every man has an excuse to offer for his neglect of duty; the debtor makes excuses for delay of payment.
  2. The act of excusing or apologizing.
  3. That which excuses; that which extenuates or justifies a fault. His inability to comply with the request must be his excuse.

EX-CUSE', v.t. [s as z. L. excuso; ex and causor, to blame, See Cause.]

  1. To pardon; to free from the imputation of fault or blame; to acquit of guilt. We excuse a person in our own minds, when we acquit him of guilt or blame; or we excuse him by a declaration of that acquittal.
  2. To pardon, as a fault; to forgive entirely, or to admit to be little censurable, and to overlook. We excuse a fault which admits of apology or extenuation; and we excuse irregular conduct, when extraordinary circumstances appear to justify it.
  3. To free from an obligation or duty. I pray thee have me excused. Luke xiv.
  4. To remit; not to exact; as, to excuse a forfeiture. Johnson.
  5. To pardon; to admit an apology for. Excuse some courtly strains. Pope.
  6. To throw off an imputation by apology. Think you that we excuse ourselves to you? 2 Cor. xii.
  7. To justify; to vindicate. Their thoughts accusing or else excusing one another. Rom. ii.

EX-CUS'ED, pp. [s as z.]

Acquitted of guilt or fault; forgiven; overlooked.


Having no excuse; that for which no excuse or apology can be offered.

EX-CUS'ER, n. [s as z.]

  1. One who offers excuses or pleads for another.
  2. One who excuses or forgives another.

EX-CUS'ING, ppr. [s as z.]

Acquitting of guilt or fault; forgiving; overlooking.

EX-CUSS', v.t. [L. excussus.]

To shake off; also to seize and detain by law. [Not used.]