In politics, as in private life, men invent myths to rationalise their conduct.
The attempt to rationalise the narrative of Scripture was no new one.
She was resolved to understand herself, to rationalise her overthrow.
Explanation and classification both tend to rationalise the memory, and to organise the mind in correspondence with Nature.
The more popular method, therefore, at the present day is not to rationalise, but to try to outsceptic the sceptic.
Her mother attempted to rationalise and formulate her daughter's position.
Our traditions will buttress and rationalise the instinct to power until we see that it is mischievous.
rationalize ra·tion·al·ize (rāsh'ə-nə-līz')
v. ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing, ra·tion·al·iz·es
To make rational.
To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear rational to oneself.