self-justification

noun
self-jus·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌself-ˌjə-stə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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

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