|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers|
|Section IV. Moral Affections|
| 2. Moral Sentiments|
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|NOUN:||VINDICATION, justification, warrant; exoneration, exculpation, disculpation; acquittal [See Acquittal]; whitewashing.|
EXTENUATION, palliation, palliative, softening, mitigation.
PLEA [See Plea]; apology, gloss, varnish; salvo [rare], excuse, extenuating circumstances; allowance, - to be made; locus pænitentiæ [L.]; reply, defense or defence; recrimination [See Accusation].
APOLOGIST, vindicator, justifier; defendant [See Accusation].
TRUE BILL, justifiable charge.
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|VERB:||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.
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|ADJECTIVE:||VINDICATIVE, vindicatory, vindicated, vindicating &c. v.; palliative; exculpatory, disculpatory, apologetic.|
EXCUSABLE, defensible, pardonable; venial, veniable [obs.]; specious, plausible, justifiable.
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- Honi soit qui mal y pense.
- Good wine needs no bush.As You Like It
- The lady doth protest too much, methinks.Hamlet
- Apologies only account for that which they do not alter.Disraeli