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Related to self-justification: cognitive dissonance


The act of making excuses to justify one's actions or behavior.

self′-jus′ti·fy·ing adj.


the act or an instance of justifying or providing excuses for one's own behaviour, etc


the act or fact of justifying oneself, esp. of offering excessive explanations for one's actions or thoughts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-justification - a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.self-justification - a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
vindication, defense, defence - the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
extenuation, mitigation - a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances


[ˌselfˌdʒʌstɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Nautojustificación f
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The corporate charlatans are highly skilled at self-justification and shrugging off public outcry.
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