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[self-juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the act or fact of justifying oneself, especially of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like.
Origin of self-justification
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Who but Falstaff would have found his self-justification in his youth?

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • "Maybe I've been mean—but you're been meaner," she summed up, in self-justification.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • He may think it unwise to be detailed in self-justification.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
  • "I have nothing to do with those improvements," he declared, in self-justification.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • Lady Louisa Barking could not control a movement of self-justification.

  • He was cut to the quick, yet a phantom of self-justification was up in arms.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • "You are a good many pennies the better," said he in self-justification.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • These words were spoken in a spirit of resistance and self-justification.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers
British Dictionary definitions for self-justification


the act or an instance of justifying or providing excuses for one's own behaviour, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-justification

1650s, from self- + justification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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