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self-justification (n.)

"justification of oneself," 1650s, from self- + justification.

updated on April 19, 2022

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Definitions of self-justification from WordNet

self-justification (n.)
a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.;
his transparent self-justification was unacceptable
Synonyms: excuse / alibi / exculpation
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