self-jus·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌself-ˌjə-stə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce self-justification (audio)
: the act or an instance of making excuses for oneself

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And Taylor is hilarious as a very stoned listener to Harvey’s self-justifications. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-justification was circa 1775

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“Self-justification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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