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rationalize
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
to think of a good excuse for behavior that seems bad or unreasonable, and to believe the excuse is good or reasonable — typically done subconsciously and often after the behavior in question
  • IF KENNEDY CAN RATIONALIZE.
    p. 376.4
  • And at another memorable moment, commenting on her son-in-law's affair with her daughter's " 'greatest friend,' " she rationalized: " 'If John is going to deceive Constance, it's nice it should be somebody we all know.'
    p. 110.2
  • "It makes my job a lot easier, really," he rationalized.
    p. 202.8
  • ADULTERY, WHAT ELSE CAN HE RATIONALIZE?
    p. 376.4

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