Definition of Rationalize 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: Rationalise Away
Generic synonyms: Reason



Lexicographical Neighbors of Rationalize Away

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rationalize away (current term)
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Literary usage of Rationalize away

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sir Walter Raleigh and His Time, with Other Papers by Charles Kingsley (1859)
"... and to the God who is near us all) choose to consider our level; to rationalize away all the wonders, till we make them at last impossible, ..."

2. Miscellanies by Charles Kingsley (1860)
"... and to the God who is near us all) choose to consider our level; to rationalize away all the wonders, till we make them at last impossible, ..."

3. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1859)
"... and encircling oceans, and circumambient celestial bodies, he must be driven, if he retains his faith, to rationalize away his sacred books ; and as he ..."

4. The New Englander by William Lathrop Kingsley (1870)
"... future spiritual condition of this heretofore despised race of Israel; although our friends of the " Reformed School " rationalize away even this truth, ..."

5. Military Ethics: Reflections on Principles-The Profession of Arms, Military edited by Malham M. Wakin (1994)
"It is so easy to rationalize away each small unethical act as relatively unimportant and to think that it is not worth risking a bad effectiveness report ..."

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