Definition of Rationalise away

1. Verb. Substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of. "You can rationalize away all the strange noises you hear--there is no poltergeist in the house!"

Exact synonyms: Rationalize Away
Generic synonyms: Reason



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Literary usage of Rationalise away

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1. Italy and Her Invaders by Thomas Hodgkin (1892)
"The attempts to rationalise away the marvel are not very satisfactory, and we seem shut up to one of two alternatives, miracle or fraud, either of which is ..."

2. Herodotus: the fourth, fifth, and sixth books by Herodotus, Reginald Walter Macan (1895)
"To conclude, however, that no shield was raised at all with treacherous intent, no signal given, and to rationalise away the episode into pure fiction ..."

3. Plays and Puritans: And Other Historical Essays by Charles Kingsley (1890)
"... or what we (unjustly to ourselves and to the God who is near us all) choose to consider our level ; to rationalise away all the wonders, ..."

4. Plays and Puritans: And Other Historical Essays by Charles Kingsley (1890)
"... the God who is near us all) choose to consider our level; to rationalise away all the wonders, till we make them at last im- 1 North British Review, No. ..."

5. Life of Sir William Rowan Hamilton: Knt., LL. D., D. C. L., M. R. I. A by Robert Perceval Graves (1885)
"... and as not having escaped the temptation (to which indeed we are all exposed) to rationalise away a part of the revealed truth of Grod. ..."

6. Life of Sir William Rowan Hamilton: Knt., LL. D., D. C. L., M. R. I. A by Robert Perceval Graves (1885)
"... and as not having escaped the temptation (to which indeed we are all exposed) to rationalise away a part of the revealed truth of God. ..."

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