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Justificátion. n.s. [justification, French; justificatio, low Latin.]

  1. Defence; maintenance; vindication; support; absolution from guilt.

    I hope, for my brother's justification, he wrote this but as an essay of my virtue. Shakesp. King Lear.

    Among theological arguments, in justification of absolute obedience, was one of a singular-nature. Swift.

  2. Deliverance by pardon from sins past. Clarke.

                In such righteousness
    To them by faith imputed, they may find
    Justification towards God, and peace
    Of conscience.
    Milton's Parad. Lost, b. xii.

    'Tis the consummation of that former act of faith by this latter, or, in the words of St. Paul and St. James, the consummation of faith by charity and good works, that God accepteth in Christ to justification, and not not the bare aptness of faith to bring forth works, if those works, by the fault of a rebellious infidel, will not be brought forth. Hammond.

Sources: Clarke, John (7) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Justification." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 29, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=12788.


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