Definition of self-justification in English:



  • The justification or excusing of oneself or one's actions.

    • ‘The remainder is blighted by alternating self-flagellation, self-justification and unwarranted extrapolation.’
    • ‘At once foggy and focused, the media lexicon of self-justification rolls on.’
    • ‘The role of Quentin, garrulously veering from self-pity to self-justification, is a difficult one.’
    • ‘This approach to self-justification is the practical equivalent of psychosis insofar as it is a refutation of empirical reality, a refutation of human reason and a denial of human history.’
    • ‘The battle scenes are suitably bloodthirsty and chaotic, but they are balanced by scenes of self-justification and soul-searching.’
    • ‘It can be legitimate to write the brief after the concept has emerged, but there is danger of self-justification narrowing the vision.’
    • ‘As a consequence, American journalism makes extravagant gestures of self-justification.’
    • ‘In their search for some kind of self-justification, for a sense of moral purpose, Western elites turned to the international arena.’
    • ‘Even if they wrote their thoughts down in their memoirs, you don't know if these were just self-serving lies made up as post facto self-justification for a place in history.’
    • ‘Their real skills are in playing politics, going to meetings, wandering around giving orders, self-justification and backstabbing.’
    • ‘Fortunately for my peace of mind, which you might call self-justification, satisfied reactions to reviews vastly outnumber the rest.’
    • ‘The text is at once self-justification and foamy-mouthed invective against the world.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the proposed code appears to be little more than another exercise in self-justification by the commission.’
    • ‘In these matters the scope for self-justification is vast.’
    • ‘With two complicit systems of self-justification and self-fulfilling incomprehension reinforcing the divide, is there any way forward?’
    • ‘Do you mean that some coaches indulge in self-justification?’
    • ‘Few sportsmen have ever been so consumed by preoccupations with image, publicity and puerile self-justification.’
    • ‘Doubtless, such differences may be rooted in self-justification.’
    • ‘The group's self-justification became even more pronounced when we suggested that this was surprising given the level of talent of each member of the band.’
    • ‘He wrote a long and detailed account of Nelson's death, partly in self-justification, to say he did everything he could to save the country's number one hero.’



/ˈˌself ˌjəstəfəˈkāSHən/