self-justification
noun Date: circa 1775 the act or an instance of making excuses for oneself

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  • self-justification — 1775, from self + justification (see JUSTIFY (Cf. justify)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-justification — /self jus teuh fi kay sheuhn, self /, n. the act or fact of justifying oneself, esp. of offering excessive reasons, explanations, excuses, etc., for an act, thought, or the like. [1765 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-justification — self′ justifica′tion n. the act or fact of justifying oneself, esp. of offering excessive explanations for one s actions or thoughts • Etymology: 1765–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • self-justification — /ˌsɛlf dʒʌstəfəˈkeɪʃən/ (say .self justuhfuh kayshuhn) noun 1. the act or fact of explaining or explaining away one s actions, motives, etc. 2. a justification or raison d être which is inherent in a thing. 3. Printing the automatic adjustment of …   Australian English dictionary

  • self-justification — n. the justification or excusing of oneself, one s actions, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-justification —  Самооправдание …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Self — Self, n.; pl. {Selves}. 1. The individual as the object of his own reflective consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-re|crim|i|na|tion — «SEHLF rih KRIHM uh NAY shuhn», noun. self accusation; self reproach: »She mixed self recrimination with self justification until it was enough to make a man s head swim (New Yorker) …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-justifying — [self′jus′tə fī΄iŋ] n. justifying or rationalizing one s actions, beliefs, motives, etc. self justification [self′jus΄təfi kā′shən] n …   English World dictionary

  • Justification (theology) — The Harrowing of Hell as depicted by Fra Angelico Rising out of the Protestant Reformation, Justification is the chief article of faith describing God s act of declaring or making a sinner righteous through Christ s atoning sacrifice. The extent …   Wikipedia

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