JUSTIFY, warrant; be an excuse for &c. n.; lend a color, furnish a handle; vindicate, exculpate, disculpate [rare]; acquit [See Acquittal]; clear, set right, exonerate, whitewash; clear the skirts of.
EXTENUATE, palliate, excuse, soften, apologize, varnish, slur, gloze; put a -gloss, - good face- upon; mince; gloss over, bolster up, help a lame dog over a stile.
ADVOCATE, defend, plead ones cause; stand up for, stick up for [colloq.], speak up for; contend for, speak for; bear out, keep in countenance, support; plead [See Plea]; say in defense; plead ignorance; confess and avoid, propugn [obs.], put in a good word for.
take the will for the deed, make allowance for, do justice to; give one his due, give the Devil his due.
make good; prove the truth of, prove ones case; be justified by the event.