self-jus·​ti·​fy·​ing ˌself-ˈjə-stə-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce self-justifying (audio)
: seeking to justify oneself

Examples of self-justifying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fiction was a flimsy dramatic framework for his voice, which, in his recent movies, has become strained, vain, confined as if to an official self-promotional, self-justifying role. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2024 Traditionalists don’t bother; the study of Torah is self-justifying. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 The Chinese Communists were outraged that Tojo and other defendants had been allowed to make self-justifying speeches in court and to be defended by able U.S. lawyers. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 And so climate-minded consumers and the mining industry are locked in a self-justifying embrace. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-justifying was in 1642

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Cite this Entry

“Self-justifying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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