• WordNet 3.6
    • n justifier a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution "an apologist for capital punishment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Out of the 34,000 gun deaths in the U.S. each year, fewer than 300 are listed as "justifiable homicide," the only category that could include shooting a burglar, mugger, or rapist.
    • n Justifier One who justifies; one who vindicates, supports, defends, or absolves. "Justifiers of themselves and hypocrites.""That he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n justifier One who justifies; one who vindicates, supports, defends, or upholds; also, one who pardons and absolves from guilt and punishment.
    • n justifier In printing: The workman who makes of just length, and with just spaces between the words, the lines of type set by a type-setting machine.
    • n justifier An attachment to a type-setting machine which does automatically some or all of the work of justification.
    • n justifier In type-founding, the workman who fits up a suite of strikes or unjustified matrices for use on one mold, making each and all just or uniform in height as to body, of even line as to face, and of proper nearness to mated letters.
    • n justifier In printing: The wooden wedge once used in old forms of hand-press to keep together parts about to separate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Justifier one who defends, or vindicates: he who pardons and absolves from guilt and punishment
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  • Albert Einstein
    “One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly.”
  • A. E. Housman
    A. E. Housman
    “Malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man.”
  • John Dryden
    “Successful crimes alone are justified.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.”
  • Georges Bernanos
    “The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.”
  • Leon Trotsky
    “The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. justificārejustus, just, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

I am not seeking to justify a political and economic theory by an appeal to historical facts.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
Would it be justified by the result?
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Poetry is an eloquence justified by its spontaneity, as eloquence is a poetry justified by its application.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
The Anglo-Irish Union was created and has ever since been justified by a systematic defamation of Irish character.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
The matter was deemed important enough to justify royal intervention.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
The attempt to justify the labour movement as a legitimate development of the old democratic Liberalism is futile.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
It is of three kinds: felonious, justifiable, and excusable.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
Well, they were justified!
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
The history of the time is too imperfect to justify a positive conclusion.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude

In poetry:

Ye vagrant souls, on you I call;
(O that my voice could reach you all!)
Ye all may now be justified,
Ye all may live, for Christ hath died.
"Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast" by Charles Wesley
Hence though the law condemn at large,
It can lay nothing to my charge;
Nor find such ground to challenge me,
As Heaven hath found justify.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Who shall the Lord's elect condemn?
'Tis God that justifies their souls;
And mercy, like a mighty stream,
O'er all their sins divinely rolls.
"Hymn 14" by Isaac Watts
Yea gospel-works no help can lend,
Though still they do my faith attend:
Yet faith by works is perfect made,
And by their presence justify'd.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
And believe me, believe you me,
the cautious suspicion is justified.
I'm a poet who's fit for the stake's fire
because to the truth he's testified.
"For A Copy Of Steep Road" by Miklos Radnoti
Well, that's the scoring up to date:
And as I read a text
From Job to justify my hate
I wonder who'll be next?
Somehow I feel that one must die,
Ma Green or I.
"My Feud" by Robert W Service

In news:

But is all the criticism justified.
More often than not the scorn is justified.
How can the company possibly justify this quite ludicrous markup on what is essentially a tube for shifting ones and noughts across the network.
Evidence Justifies Allocating More Red Snapper to Recreational Fishermen.
I've blown money on everything from a $200 video game package to renting out the Champagne Room at the local for an hour or two, but there is no way in HELL I can justify spending $2,600 on a bottle of water.
Hateful Speech Can't Be Justified.
And there is some question whether such programs can be justified at all.
The desired end doesn't justify the means here.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield justifies removal of mental health coverage from its individual policies coming up in October, saying that it wants to keep premiums from rising ("Regence pares plan options," May 3).
Running an auto repair shop, I know it's important to have clear rules of the road for how and when to repair and maintain vehicles, and clear, justifiable emissions standards.
An investigation has found that a Rapid City man was justified when he shot to death another man in September.
Alarm at the infringement of creative works through the Internet is justifiable.
The Insignia NS-BAR-A Home Theater Soundbar lacks the oomph and fidelity to justify its admittedly affordable $200 price tag.
Where an arbitrator ordered a discharged public school teacher reinstated, the arbitrator was justified in finding that the teacher's conduct did not warrant dismissal.
Thus, EPA believes the use of the same types of tactics is justified.

In science:

To justify the symmetries of ˜˜f , we note that taking the first coordinate corresponds to multiplying the matrix representation with the vector (1 0).
Multivariate Lag-Windows and Group Representations
Statistical properties of eigenvalues spectra of members of this ensemble have very small deviations from each other and hence justifying ensemble averaging calculations .
Random matrix analysis of complex networks
Evidently, a singular vector in one of these Vir-modules has a counterpart in the other at the same grade, so establishing our conclusion the same way would amount to justifying that the charge of the singular vector is greater than h (contradicting it being an A p′ , p -highest weight state).
The Extended Algebra of the Minimal Models
On the other hand, Monte Carlo analysis of the system being to date non existent, it is reasonable to expect that many of the qualitative features established by a study of the exchange energy will prove sufficiently robust to justify such a preliminary discussion.
Exchange energy and generalized polarization in the presence of spin-orbit coupling in two dimensions
B) The theory of such classes is not empty; we prove in §2 that “the minimal bounded subgroup of G over A” behaves nicely. A skeptical reader suggests that to justify our interest we have to point out “natural examples”, i.e.
Definable groups for dependent and 2-dependent theories