Extenuation, palliation, softening.
Plea, excuse, apology, defence, gloss, varnish, salvo 617.
(Verbs). To vindicate, justify, exculpate, acquit, clear, set right, exonerate, disculpate, whitewash.
To extenuate, palliate, excuse, soften, apologise, varnish, slur, gloze, gloss over, bolster up.
To plead, advocate, defend, stand up for, stick up for, speak for, make good, vindicate, bear out, say in defence, contend for.
(Phrases). To put in a good word for; to plead the cause of; to put a good face upon; to help a lame dog over a stile; to take the will for the deed; to make allowance for.
(Adjectives). Vindicatory, exculpatory; vindicating, etc.
Excusable, defensible, pardonable, venial, specious, plausible, justifiable, warrantable.
(Phrases). "Honi soit qui mal y pense"; qui s'excuse s'accuse.
Denunciation, denouncement, challenge, indictment, libel, delation, citation, arraignment, impeachment, appeachment, bill of indictment, scandalum magnatum, condemnation.
(Phrases). The gravamen of a charge; argumentum ad hominem.
(Verbs). To accuse, charge, tax, impute, twit, taunt with, slur, reproach, brand with, criminate, incriminate, inculpate, etc. (see 932), implicate, saddle with.
To inform against; to indict, denounce, arraign, impeach, challenge, show up, pull up, cite, summon.
(Phrases). To lay to one's door; to lay to one's charge; bring home to; to throw in one's teeth; to call to account; to bring to book; to take to task; to catch tripping; to put in the black book; to trump up a charge; to keep a rod in pickle for; to brand with reproach.
(Adjectives). Accusing, etc., accusatory, accusative, imputative, criminative, criminatory, incriminatory, accusable, imputable.
Indefensible, inexcusable, unpardonable, unjustifiable 945.
3°. Moral Conditions
Trustworthiness, trustiness, reliability, dependableness, grace, uncorruptedness, impartiality, equity, candour, veracity 545, straightforwardness, truth, equitableness, singleness of heart.
Conscientiousness, punctiliousness, nicety, scrupulosity, delicacy, sense of decency, strictness, punctuality.
Dignity, reputableness, see 873.
A man of honour, a gentleman, a man of his word, a real sportsman, preux chevalier.
(Phrases). The court of honour; argumentum ad verecundiam.
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