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[ juhs-tuh-fahy ]SEE DEFINITION OF justify

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How could he justify himself to her when he did not really know himself?

When he remained silent, she made an attempt to justify herself.

Who is there amongst you who cannot or who will not justify when they are accused?

Aristocracy, like any other thing, must justify itself to mankind.

God will not justify him, if he has a bad conscience or blunders in his philosophy.

It is ardently hoped that events may justify their confidence.

His conscience will not justify him before God, if he mistakes his duty.

So I am told they now give out, in order to justify themselves at your expense.

I have had success enough already to justify me in going on.'

I will not justify myself, nor explain my actions: I do not love you.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to administer justice;" late 14c., "to show (something) to be just or right," from Old French justifiier "submit to court proceedings" (12c.), from Latin iustificare "act justly toward, make just," from iustificus "dealing justly, righteous," from iustus "just" (see just (adj.)) + root of facere "to do" (see factitious). Of circumstances, "to afford justification," from 1630s. Meaning "to make exact" (now largely restricted to typesetting) is from 1550s. Related: Justified; justifying.

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