Search Result for "alibi":
1. (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question;
2. a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.;
- Example: "he kept finding excuses to stay"
- Example: "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"
- Example: "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
[syn: excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification]
1. exonerate by means of an alibi;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Alibi \Al"i*bi\, n. [L., elsewhere, at another place. See Alias.] (Law) The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
54 Moby Thesaurus words for "alibi": alibi out of, apologize for, apology, blind, cloak, color, cop-out, cover, cover story, cover with excuses, cover-up, device, excuse, explain, explanation, facade, feint, front, gloss, guise, handle, lame excuse, lie out of, likely story, locus standi, make apology for, mask, offer excuse for, ostensible motive, out, plea, plead ignorance, poor excuse, pretense, pretension, pretext, protestation, public motive, put-off, refuge, right, screen, semblance, sham, show, smoke screen, squirm out of, stalking-horse, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, varnish, veil, worm out of