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self-justification

[ self-juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuhn, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlfˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf- /
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noun

the act or fact of justifying oneself, especially of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like.

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Origin of self-justification

First recorded in 1765–75
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self-justification

noun

the act or an instance of justifying or providing excuses for one's own behaviour, etc
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