self-justifying love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Making excuses for oneself or one's behavior.
  • adj. Justifying text margins automatically: a self-justifying printer.


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  • There were none of the self-justifying excuses that are often employed by someone intent on doing something stupid.

    Fatal Error

  • Of course, the “need” to manage wolves is both a self-created and self-justifying excuse to kill animals that most hunters wish would just go away or at least believe should be kept at much lower numbers ....

    On Wolves And The Future Of Hunting

  • In Lolita, the narrator, Humbert Humbert recounts in a manner that is both self-castigating and self-justifying his hopeless passion for the 12-year-old American girl Dolores Haze.

    Father Ralph and Humbert Humbert « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Christopher Gair asserts that "Although Buck's liberation appeals to the sentimentality of the popular reading public-seducing them into a belief in the 'natural' rightness ... of their culture's moral crusade and generosity to others-the text's displacement of that public's appetite for violence and superstition onto other cultures simultaneously reminds us of the self-justifying nature of American imperialistic discourse."

    America's Greatest World Novel

  • Still Washington kept up his drumbeat of self-justifying letters.

    George Washington’s First War

  • She fixed Lena with a self-justifying smile that was the purview of politicians and maiden aunts.

    Three Stages of Amazement

  • As long as Russia is run as a one-man show, the frustration expressed this weekend will only build, and some day it will explode on Mr. Putin's self-justifying claims that Russia needs his strong hand to ensure "stability."

    A Putin Reality Check

  • Skeptics also say some of these smaller departments tend to wield their powers indiscriminately, even for seemingly minor infractions, in ways that seem self-justifying.

    Federal Police Ranks Swell to Enforce a Widening Array of Criminal Laws

  • That imperious, equivocating, insensitive, self-justifying, long-winded, politically incorrect voice -- the guy is still chattering in my dreams.

    Tim O'Brien discusses his comic-novel Tomcat in Love

  • Govt's self-justifying marijuana policy - Boing Boing

    Boing Boing


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