self-exculpation

noun
self-ex·​cul·​pa·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌek-(ˌ)skəl-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce self-exculpation (audio) \

Definition of self-exculpation

: the act or an instance of exculpating oneself : the act or an instance of clearing oneself from alleged fault or guilt As always in these cases, the attempt at self-exculpation only makes the guilty party look even worse.— Richard Evans

Other Words from self-exculpation

self-exculpatory \ ˌself-​ˌek-​ˈskəl-​pə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce self-exculpatory (audio) \ adjective
a self-exculpatory letter
self-exculpating \ ˌself-​ˌˈek-​(ˌ)skəl-​ˌpā-​tiŋ How to pronounce self-exculpating (audio) , (ˌ)ek-​ˈskəl-​ \ adjective
a self-exculpating account of the incident

First Known Use of self-exculpation

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-exculpation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-exculpation. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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