1. 1〔弁明,釈明〕an explanation, an excuse ((for));〔正当化〕(a) justification ((for));〔抗弁〕a defense,《英》 a defence ((of));《口》 an alibi ((複 ~s))
    • 苦しい言い訳
    • a poor [lame/clumsy] excuse
    • 先生に遅刻の言い訳をした
    • He made an excuse to his teacher for being late.
    • 彼女は自分の行動に言い訳がましいことは一つも言わなかった
    • She didn't say anything in justification of her conduct.
    • 彼がいくら言い訳をしても疑いは晴れない
    • However hard he tries to explain [defend] himself, he cannot clear himself of suspicion.
    • 言い訳はよせ
    • No more excuses [alibis]!
    • 彼女はその州の規則を知らなかったと言い訳した
    • She pleaded ignorance of the laws of that state.
  1. 2〔わび〕an apology ((for))

    言い訳する apologize

    • 彼にパーティー不参加の言い訳の手紙を出した
    • I sent him a letter of apology for not attending his party.