1. forgive, absolve, shrive, remit; forbear, spare, judge with leniency; pardon, amnesty, reprieve, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate; acquit, clear, prove innocent, uphold innocence, remove guilt; condone, make allowances for, overlook, pass over, wink at, disregard, forget, ignore, look the other way, pay no attention to.
2. apologize, repent, explain, extenuate, palliate, make excuses; defend oneself, rationalize, tell one's story, Inf. alibi, Inf. do a song and dance; justify, warrant, sanction, approve, allow, permit.
3. release, relieve, dismiss, discharge, free, liberate, let off, Inf. let off the hook; exempt, dispense with, except, exclude, leave [s.o.] out, keep [s.o.] out, Rom. Cath. Ch. dispense.
4. remit, waive, release from, let out of, Commerce. indulge, clear the books, wipe the slate clean.
5. explanation, story, apology, apologia, rationalization, argument, allegation, claim, assertion, Law. rejoinder, Law. deraignment, Inf. song and dance, Inf. alibi; reason, basis, grounds, support, justification, plea; extenuation, palliation, Law. demurrer, Law. rebutter, Law. essoin.
6. forgiveness, forgiving, absolution, absolving, shriving, remission, remitting; pardoning, reprieve, reprieving, respite, exculpation, exculpating, exoneration, exonerating, vindication, vindicating, acquittal, acquittance, acquitting, clearance, clearing; forbearance, sparing, judging with leniency, Both Rom. Cath. Ch. indulgence, indulgency; condonation, condoning, ex-cusal, overlooking, disregarding, ignoring.
7. pretext, ostensible reason, pretense, feint; subterfuge, escape, way out, out, loophole; evasion, elusion, means of avoiding, Inf. cop-out, Inf. stall.
8. makeshift, poor specimen, pitiful example, substitute.

A Note on the Style of the synonym finder. 2014.


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