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self-justification

[self-juhs-tuh-fi-key-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlfˌdʒʌs tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
the act or fact of justifying oneself, especially of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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British Dictionary definitions for selfjustification

self-justification

noun
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 selfjustification

self-justification

n.

1650s, from self- + justification.

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