What if, however, my belief system is just my way of explaining away a strange and annoying syndrome to myself?
He gave them of his best, explaining away such as he could of the difficulties which had confronted him.
In explaining away the difficulties to her, he explained them away to himself, also.
The ability which some eminent lawyers possess of explaining away the bad points of a cause by ingenious sophistry was denied him.
This was the Parliamentarian way of explaining away their defeat.
For the next five minutes he was earnestly engaged in explaining away his uncanny request.
There was no explaining away or excusing what Roger had done; she was too fair-minded to try.
I ventured to tell her so last night, in explaining away a little misapprehension that had existed between us.
Forgotten, we say, since surely forgetfulness is the true origin of many futile attempts at explaining away essential principles.
And I think we can quit worrying about explaining away the money angle.
early 15c., from Latin explanare "to make level, smooth out;" also "to explain, make clear" (see explanation).
Originally explane, spelling altered by influence of plain. Also see plane (v.2). In 17c., occasionally used more literally, of the unfolding of material things: Evelyn has buds that "explain into leaves" ["Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees, and the propagation of timber in His Majesties dominions," 1664]. Related: Explained; explaining; explains.