He was writing about the knee-jerk tendency on the British left to support or rationalize Irish Catholic violence.
They rationalize away the facts, defend their position, and actually become more fervent.
Rather than continue to discount one another into bankruptcy, the big airlines have decided to join forces and rationalize.
Let us not rationalize or attempt to justify an expulsion that in our hearts we know is wrong.
That's the only way I can rationalize why woman writers would use rape as a punchline.
I can't imagine how his mind works to rationalize for his behavior.
I cleared my mind and tried to rationalize the things around us.
Aristotle, accepting the world of common-sense, tried to rationalize it; that is, to realize it in himself.
Every new theory must take up into itself earlier doctrines and rationalize the earlier exceptions.
I only knew what I was; nor could I rationalize on why I had become this way.
rationalize ra·tion·al·ize (rāsh'ə-nə-līz')
v. ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing, ra·tion·al·iz·es
To make rational.
To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear rational to oneself.