self-exculpatory

self-exculpatory

adj
intended to excuse oneself from blame or guilt
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Just after she tells us the first of multiple times that "I am not ashamed," Josephine makes one of the most remarkable pro-abortion statements in the long, self-exculpatory history of justifications for violence.
In Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944), the two protagonists might be correct that they are on a ride "straight down the line" which they cannot "get off," as some of the most famous lines of the film put it, but they use this in a self-serving, self-exculpatory way (96).
He said: "That's what credible business and economic voices - including the IMF - are calling for, instead of the self-exculpatory ramblings of the current Wales Office.
639) The court discussed Jones (1980) at length and analogized to Jones in explaining how, given that Murphy's self-exculpatory testimony contradicted Bell's alibi and not only placed Bell at the scene of the crime but also had him talking with the victim and giving Murphy her car keys, "It is apparent that Murphy's testimony could only be more damaging to Bell, if he had testified that he saw Bell rob Ms.
The Victorians, he claims, have been unfairly dismissed as monolithically racist, self-exculpatory, or triumphalist.
His glorious self-promotion in these rancid self-exculpatory memoirs has been given the full blessing of the state he so misserved.
In it, Buckley made the self-exculpatory point that he was no longer in charge, but he also offered a professorial pat on the back by stating that he had taken my criticisms seriously enough to forward them to the editorial staff.
These often lead the parties, honestly but mistakenly, to reinterpret the past in self-exculpatory or vengeful terms.
Indeed, because the errant pilot Harry Schmidt's extended self-exculpatory interview effectively closes the book, his excuses take on a weight they probably do not merit: he certainly deserved some stronger rebuttal.
Levitan bottled out of accompanying Chekhov to the prison-island of Sakhalin, and so Vladimirka has a self-exculpatory motive.
Although often self-critical, it is also self-exculpatory.
This self-exculpatory plea should not be dismissed out of hand.