self-justification

noun
self-jus·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌjə-stə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-justification (audio) \

Definition of self-justification

: the act or an instance of making excuses for oneself

First Known Use of self-justification

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About self-justification

Time Traveler for self-justification

Time Traveler

The first known use of self-justification was circa 1775

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near self-justification

selfist

self-justification

self-justifying

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for self-justification

Cite this Entry

“Self-justification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-justification. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!