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[self-juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the act or fact of justifying oneself, especially of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like.
Origin of self-justification
1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for self-justification
  • These books are about self-realization as well as self-justification.
  • The unfortunate answer is that societies almost always find self-justification.
  • Still, a certain tone of self-justification occasionally creeps into the account.
  • It does not happen except under plea of dire necessity, with much public self-justification, and with a renaming.
  • No amount of self-justification will salve the wounds that today's expediency inflicts on the defenseless.
  • By insisting on his impressive desires, the expert in self-justification was writing out his absolution in advance.
  • There is no plot, but the dialogue reveals characters through a series of accusations, self-blame and self-justification.
British Dictionary definitions for self-justification


the act or an instance of justifying or providing excuses for one's own behaviour, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-justification

1650s, from self- + justification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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