Dictionary Source

These definitions come from the Funk & Wagnal Dictionary 1895 Edition.

Strong's Concordance Definition

Hebrew

1. H6663 as in will not justify the wicked

צָדַק
tsâdaq
tsaw-dak'
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) right (in a moral or forensic sense):

Greek

1. G1344 as in to justify himself

δικαιόω
dikaioō
dik-ah-yo'-o
From G1342; to render (that is, show or regard as) just or innocent:

2. G1342

δίκαιος
dikaios
dik'-ah-yos
From G1349; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively):

3. G1349

δίκη
dikē
dee'-kay
Probably from G1166; right (as self evident), that is, justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution):

 

Dictionary Definitions

Transitive

  1. To show to be just;
    prove to be proper, right, or lawful;
    vindicate;
    defend'
    also, to render right and proper;
    cause to be right in the circumstances;
    as, to justify one's acts;
    certain provocations justify homicide.
  2. To declare guiltless or blameless;
    show or declare to have done justly or rightly;
    exonerate;
    as, to justify one in refusing.
  3. Specifically, in theology, to regard and treat as righteous and lawfully free from the penalty of sin, on the ground of Schist's mediatorial work;
    restore to divine favor;
    compare Pardon.
  4. to adjust or fit;
    make exact
    specifically
    print
    to adjust or make even spacing properly, as lines or column of type;
    space
    as type, in order to fill out the line exactly.
    type-founding
    to fit (a drive or matrix) to mold, adjusting it for alignment, height, body, etc.
  5. [Eng & Scot] To pronounce judgment upon;
    hence, to inflict the death-penalty upon;
    execute.
  6. law
    To establish as required by the law;
    as to justify one's sufficiency as bail for another.
  7. [rare or obs] To show or prove.

Intransitive

To form an even surface or true line with something else;
said especially of lines of type in printing.

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That may sometimes be excused which cannot be justified.

That which can be justified does not need to be excused.

Synonyms

absolve
acquit
approve
authorize
clear
defend
exculpate
excuse
exonerate
indorse
maintain
sustain
uphold
vindicate
warrant

Antonyms

arraign
blame
censure
chide
condemn
convert
criminate
denounce
reprehend
reprobate
reprove