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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How to use self-justification in a sentence
Ironically, the same psychological crutch of self-justification can then help in these situations.
They got that, but they got it colored by a distancing, third-person narrative and bouts of self-justification.Writing For Teens Vs. Adults: Rowling As Case Study | Seth Lerer | October 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
No one would read a pamphlet of self-justification so long after the deed, even if I put one out.'North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
But I wished to spare him if possible, and give him room for self-justification, so I did not tell you all.The History of Sir Richard Calmady | Lucas Malet
In Bonaventure a look of distressful self-justification quickly changed to one of anxious compassion.Bonaventure | George Washington Cable
To represent the king in his act of self-justification before Osiris was in some measure to anticipate that justification.A history of art in ancient Egypt, Vol. I (of 2) | Georges Perrot
I tasted it just before you arrived and it was delicious, exclaimed Mrs. Vernon in self-justification.Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for self-justification
the act or an instance of justifying or providing excuses for one's own behaviour, etc
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