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person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution apologist , justifier , vindicator
document drawn up in 1555 to defend the catholicity of Lutheran doctrine and to justify innovations in Lutheran practice; is still in effect today Augsburg Confession
example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time case in point , precedent
event used to justify starting a war casus belli
resentment strong enough to justify retaliation grievance , grudge , score
Communist who tries to rewrite Marxism to justify a retreat from the revolutionary position revisionist
justify and acquit vindicate
justify and provide sufficient grounds warrant
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