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[self-juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, self-]
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  1. 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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  • Who but Falstaff would have found his self-justification in his youth?

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for self-justification


  1. the act or an instance of justifying or providing excuses for one's own behaviour, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-justification


1650s, from self- + justification.

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