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

self′-jus′ti·fy·ing adj.


offering excuses for one's behaviour, often when they are not called for


1. offering excuses for oneself, esp. in excess of normal demands.
2. automatically adjusting printed or typed lines to fill a given space, esp. to conform to a rigid margin.
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Paner segued from a Zumba instructor haunted by the ghosts of her husband and son, to a self-justifying police practitioner of 'tokhang,' to a photojournalist obsessed with the nightly body count, to a poignant child scarred by the memory of her parents' grisly deaths.
It may seem morbid and lacking in human feeling This is an onion doing its own peeling Living in a world of self-justifying healing Karma making mincemeat with surgical wheeler dealing.
It is a mixture familiar to aficionados of the genre: part personal anecdote (enough to give the reader the sense that he is being offered a truly "insider's" account, but not so much as to risk any security clearances); part appreciation of the famous politicians he has served (favourable enough not to jeopardize relations or career opportunities but not so starry-eyed as to sink into sycophancy); part self-justifying exposition (striking a delicate balance between claiming credit for a policy he clearly believes in without diminishing the role played by his political bosses).
He said: "It is sending out a message that nothing has been learnt - their first reaction is to be self-justifying.
Only a toddler could be so self-justifying and tone-deaf that he'd compare the sacrifice of Humayun Khan - the soldier I mentioned who was killed in Iraq - to his own professional work of erecting tall buildings and simultaneously enriching himself.
Liberalism harms itself and America by treating its glittering ideals as self-justifying, obviating the need to attend to such annoying details as whether government programs really can or do advance these ideals, and whether the required resources are in fact put to their best and highest uses.
At that point, physical violence may become one of the ways to take revenge by self-justifying it in the frame of a religious dogma.
The resulting transcripts, notes, and interviews compose the evidentiary heart of Stangneth's account, opening an extraordinary window onto this unrepentantly partisan, disconcertingly candid, and volubly self-justifying society of perpetrators.
And, from the self-justifying, psycho-babble he has posted on Facebook, he appears also to be none too bright.
But drowning out opposite views in self-justifying online circles is easier.
And Dreyfuss, an intense live-wire of an actor whom we haven't seen nearly enough of lately, seems like a perfect choice for the Queens-born, self-justifying sociopath.
s vivid account of his abuse by his manager, Marty Weiss, is backed by a clandestine audiotape that unspools oncamera, broadcasting Weiss' self-justifying admission of guilt.