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excuse vb. (the foll. are uses now obs.)
1. to seek to extenuate (a fault); used with a clause Err. III. i. 92 “she will well Why at this time the doors are made against you” ; absol. MND. V. i. 364 “Never excuse.”
2. to maintain the innocence of, refl. to clear oneself 2H6 I. iii. 181, R3 I. ii. 82.
3. to beg off from doing (something), decline Gent. I. iii. 71 “Excuse it not, for I am peremptory.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 1.3
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1
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