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Synonyms and Antonyms of justify

  1. 1 to be an acceptable reason for <you seem to think that losing a basketball game justifies a temper tantrum> Synonyms excuse Related Words account (for), alibi, explain, explain away, rationalize; brush (aside or off), condone, disregard, forgive, gloss (over), gloze (over), ignore, pardon, pass over, remit, shrug off, wink (at)

  2. 2 to continue to declare to be true or proper despite opposition or objections <failed to justify the need for a war at this time> Synonyms defend, maintain, support, upholdRelated Words advocate, champion, espouse; confirm, vindicate, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, insist, plead, proclaim, profess, protest, state; argue, debate, discuss; emphasize, stress, underline, underscoreNear Antonyms abandon, abjure, forsake, recant, retract, take back, withdraw; reverse, switch; controvert, disprove, rebut, refute

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to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

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