rationalise away


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Verb1.rationalise away - substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of; "you can rationalize away all the strange noises you hear--there is no poltergeist in the house!"
reason - think logically; "The children must learn to reason"
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We cannot afford to ignore or even to rationalise away this decline as the cost of making progress on economic and development issues.
Speaking on the holocaust, US President Barack Obama said, "It is the grimmest of ironies that one of the most savage, barbaric acts of evil in history began in one of the most modernised societies of its time, where so many markers of human progress became tools of human depravity: science that can heal, used to kill; education that can enlighten, used to rationalise away basic moral impulses; the bureaucracy that sustains modern life, used as the machinery of mass death, a ruthless, chillingly efficient system where many were responsible for the killing, but few got actual blood on their hands.