excuse etymology

English word excuse comes from Latin causa, Latin de

Detailed word origin of excuse

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
causa Latin (lat) For the sake of or on account of (Medieval Latin) thing. (figuratively) justification, explanation. Case, claim, contention. Cause, reason. Motive, pretext. Situation, condition.
de Latin (lat) (Late Latin) of persons. From, away from, down from, out of; in general to indicate the person or place from which any thing is taken, etc., with verbs of taking away, depriving, demanding, requesting, inquiring, buying; as capere, sumere, emere, quaerere, discere, trahere, etc., and their compounds.. From, away from, to indicate the place from which someone or something departs or [...]
excusare Latin (lat)
escuser Old French (fro) (reflexive, s'escuser) to excuse oneself. (reflexive, s'escuser) to make excuses.
excusen Middle English (enm)
excuse English (eng) (countable, uncountable) Explanation designed to avoid or alleviate guilt or negative judgment; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault.. (legal) A defense to a criminal or civil charge wherein the accused party admits to doing acts for which legal consequences would normally be appropriate, but asserts that special circumstances relieve that party of culpability for having done those [...]

Words with the same origin as excuse

Descendants of causa
accusation accuse accused cause refuse
Descendants of de
award dick die due duty effect effort election exact example exchange exist existence exit expect expected expecting experience experienced experiment issue sample say still