(S. Venkatachalam, Coimbatore)

The ‘e’ is like the ‘i’ in ‘bit’, ‘fit’, and ‘hit’, and the following ‘cuse’ is like the ‘cuse’ in ‘accuse’. The word is pronounced ‘ri-KYOOZ’ with the stress on the second syllable. The word is mostly used in legal contexts. Usually, a judge will not hear a case where a member of his family is involved. When a judge finds that the defendant is a person who is well known to him, he usually recuses himself from the case. In other words, he disqualifies or removes himself from the case. He does this to ensure there is no conflict of interest.