Phrases with "justified"

Jane Austen On the contrary, her plans and proceedings were more and more justified and endeared to her by the general appearances of the next few days. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope When called upon to show it by any proper authority we shall be ready; but, knowing what we do know, we should not be justified in allowing the matter to sleep. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It was strange that one of the matters he was clearest about — Adela’s secret triumph — should have been just the thing which from this time on justified less and less such a confidence. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

M. P. Shiel I think, however, that it will be justified if Dr Burton’s rise so continues as strikingly to fulfil the prophecy that he is ‘destined to be the greatest of churchmen. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

It is so irritating to be justified in expecting more than seems likely to come. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Olaf Stapledon And I doubt whether even in a healthy society it is justified unless . Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

At least this was what he told his friends; and it is certain that her conduct as his wife confirmed it, and fully justified his good opinion. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Having commonly found the gratification mutual, he thinks he is justified in maintaining its innocence. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was content to be justified by the impassioned sincerity of her desires. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

George Gissing And now it seemed to her that anyone might be justified in holding him demented, so reckless was his utterance. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton He draped these details in the handsome phrase “She’s a woman to be proud of”, and felt that this fact somehow justified and ennobled his instinctive boyish satisfaction in loving her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

There was the division; there, justified or not, were bewilderment and fear. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

What, after all, did I know of this new Beatrice, except that her highly decorative presence justified our otherwise empty splendor, and that for her own part she was working herself into an illness. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Anthony Trollope Yes; she had known him for some years, and in circumstances which she thought justified her in saying that she understood his character. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

There can be little doubt that what he had achieved justified the prediction of the Provost of Oriel that he would ‘change the face of education all through the public schools of England’. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

And his expectations were certainly justified there, although they undoubtedly would not have been if he had not had the eye of a hawk and let nothing escape him. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

George Gissing No one, of course, would be justified in prejudging the case against the unhappy man who, amid seemingly brilliant circumstances, had been driven to so desperate an act. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Gissing My lease of this house terminates at the end of next March, and I shall certainly not be justified in renewing it. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins By return of post an answer was received, which amply justified Rosamond’s reliance on her old friend. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Wilkie Collins The doctor had justified his anticipations. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Henry James I had been justified by making it so possible for her to lie. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Abraham Merri He had been justified in that — execution. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

The body of a man has been found in Pipeclay Gully, and we can scarcely be justified by appearances in giving even a surmise as to how he came by his death. Traces of Crime by Mary Fortune

Samuel Johnson Yet this conduct is justified by the Spectator, who blames Tate for giving Cordelia success and happiness in his alteration, and declares, that, in his opinion, the tragedy has lost half its beauty. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

I should have justified myself that, to the peril I had escaped, there was no need to add all the publicity and annoyance which would have benefited no one. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Ivan Turgenev I warn you I mean to be frank, though I feel you are fully justified in taking me for a rather impertinent person. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Caroline Lamb Calantha, perhaps, was fully justified in this opinion. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Henry James As time went on, it might have appeared to the Doctor that his daughter’s account of her rupture with Morris Townsend, mere bravado as he had deemed it, was in some degree justified by the sequel. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Baldwin Spencer They are supposed to keep out of his way, and, if he comes upon one of them suddenly and she is quite close to him, he is justified in hitting her. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

You must see that the estate has come to me by circumstances such that no honest man can be justified in retaining it. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Wilkie Collins On his authority, I am justified in assuming that I have no need to trouble myself about the maid-of-all-work and the shopman. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Nothing, she now felt, but a name as well as fortunes utterly abandoned, could have justified him for the stubbornness of heart in which he had fled and deserted her. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Edith Wharton After such a warning as that, parents felt justified in every precaution against contagion. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Anthony Hope It justified the forecast of Anton von Strofzin, and explained the wager of the Count of Luzau–Rischenheim — for it was Rischenheim’s voice. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Anthony Trollope Then Nina bethought herself whether she was a good Christian, and whether St John of the Bridge would be justified in interposing on her behalf, should she be in want of him. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells There was a dissentient Labour platform concerning itself with defining the fine differences in organisation that justified its dissent. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Algernon Blackwood His first impression that these two belonged to what may be called the “crank” order was justified by the conversation. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Some of them are positively bad and others are archaic, and Hawthorne was fully justified in his disatisfaction with them. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Virginia Woolf His feelings were justified and needed no further explanation. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Henry Fielding Secondly, we hope our hero is justified from that imputation of want of resolution which must have been fatal to the greatness of his character. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope It was not a gracious speech, but it was almost justified by disappointments. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Charles Stur The beast the party had killed fully justified Mr. Browne’s account of it, and its fine condition proved the excellent nature of the pastures on which it had fed. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Wilkie Collins I prefer to be silent, until my audacity is justified by events. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Edith Wharton The transaction had justified itself by its results: she saw now how absurd it would have been to let any primitive scruple deprive her of this easy means of appeasing her creditors. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

James Hogg Had I not been sensible that a justified person could do nothing wrong, I should not have been at my ease concerning the statement I had been induced to give on this occasion. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

I really do not know whether, under the circumstances, I should be justified in seeing him. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Anthony Trollope Any one would understand that he would be justified in concealing a fact concerning himself from such a one as he. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser The fear she had originally felt as to the effect of her preponderance of years had been to some extent justified by the lapse of time. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing The hope he had nourished was not unreasonable; his boldness justified itself. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope I think I am justified in saying that he is a thorough reprobate. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing I should scarcely be justified in repeating them to anyone but yourself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope The work to be done is so important, the numbers to be benefited are so great, that he cannot be justified in even remembering that he has a self. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It is awfully charming, your thus giving yourself up, and yet, justified as I am by it, I can’t help regretting a little the excitement I found it this morning to pull a different way from you. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Margaret Oliphant It was all perfectly natural, suitable in every way, such a marriage indeed as might have justified the proverb, and been “made in heaven. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Meredith Still, he was not justified in living beyond his means to that end, speculating rashly, and concealing his actual circumstances. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

G. K. Chesterton Verner was not only a hard landlord, but a mean landlord, a robber as well as a rackrenter; any gentleman would be justified in hounding him out. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

H. G. Wells I consider myself justified in regarding Lord Redcar’s passing automobile with a special animosity because of the leaks in our roof. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

I was conscious that this proceeding was cruel, and could only be justified by the urgency of circumstances: As to Theodore, He had no scruples upon the subject. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Gissing He whispered the beloved name, and it gave him peace; such peace as follows upon the hallowing of a profound passion, justified of reason, and proof under the hand of time. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James Gaston Probert invited himself to breakfast at noon and remained till the time at which the artist usually went out — an extravagance partly justified by the previous separation of several weeks. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Our week at Makná (January 25 — February 2) justified the pleasant impression left by the first visit, and enabled us to correct the inaccuracies of a flying survey. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Anthony Trollope The affair between her and her cousin was not yet, they said, in a state for final settlement, but they would be justified in supplying her own immediate wants out of the estate. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle A thousand know Gibbon’s work for one who cares anything for Gibbon. And on the whole this is justified by the facts. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Anthony Trollope They say their prayers, and then seem to apologize for doing so, as though it were hardly the act of a free and enlightened citizen, justified in ruling himself as he pleases. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells She was far more unusual than the faint foreignness of her Scotch origin and the slow deliberation of her speech justified her in being. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

If so, I should not, in your interests, be justified in refusing this. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Fairlie had simply justified my expectations — and there was an end of it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope He did not know how far he would be justified in saying much, even to his friend the squire, in dispraise of his future son-inlaw. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The spiritual and bodily doctors agreed that occasion altered and necessity justified certain acts. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

H. G. Wells The house was still being built when it dawned upon us as a novel and delightful idea that we were now justified in starting a family. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Leslie Stephen He justified Dryden’s remark in so far as he was never a poet in the sense in which Milton or Wordsworth or Shelley or even Dryden himself were poets. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

These groups were known collectively as Melanesia, a name hardly justified by facts,38 as the inhabitants were by no means uniform in colour. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Wilkie Collins I justified the confidence placed in me; I was a faithful servant. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Bram Stoker In after years he justified himself in this respect and showed distinctly that he was a man of brains and capable of using them. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

George Gissing Indeed, I cannot say that I am disappointed in Cecily; rightly seen, she has justified the system on which I educated her. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Nothing justified her existence. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Jane Austen They will one day be Mr. Willoughby’s, and —” “If they were one day to be your own, Marianne, you would not be justified in what you have done. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

George Gissing Whilst the mother and elder daughter were at Teignmouth, Mr Morgan, his son, and the younger girl felt themselves justified in making up for lack of holiday by an extra supply of butcher’s meat. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope All the world was talking about the young author who was assuming his position with a confidence in his own powers which was fully justified both by his present and future success. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

From the beginning of her engagement at the Porte–Saint-Martin, when she took the apartment in the Rue Lafitte. Her salary at the theatre justified her in taking such an apartment. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Edith Wharton And somehow — in the windowless inner cell of his consciousness where self-criticism cowered — Glennard’s course seemed justified by its merely material success. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Anthony Trollope As far as she could see — and her common sense in seeing such things was good, — he had no regular income, and was justified in no expenditure. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Woodseer briefly assented to his keeper’s reiterated encomium on the morning, justified on oath. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Charles Dickens This has given offence, and has, moreover, raised the question whether they are justified in passing any other windows than their own. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Jane Austen I do not mean, however, to assert that we can be justified in devoting too much of our time to music, for there are certainly other things to be attended to. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Robert Green Ingersoll They were not quite so bad as they were before, and Heaven justified slavery at that time. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

This being so, he would surely be justified in letting her suppose that she was producing on him just the impression she meant to produce. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Anthony Trollope Of course he would be justified in horsewhipping him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy But perhaps I was not justified in doing it. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

But by Saturday night he had satisfied himself that he had reached the point where he would be justified in making use of Miss Challoner’s letters. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The fact remains that he has made his choice, and that his choice is justified up to the hilt by the success of his art. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anthony Trollope Your life is so bad, that I should not be justified in doing so for any family purpose. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope I don’t think I am justified in staying there against his will because he is my brother. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Ford Madox Ford And she was by no means certain that he had recognized her, Valentine Wannop! So Edith Ethel might have been almost justified in ringing her up. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells Neither side felt justified in renewing the conflict once it had broken off. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Edith Wharton Miss Trent’s features cruelly justified the usurpation. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every: one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

George Gissing If they thought highly of themselves, why, the fact justified them; if they spoke, at times, as Pharisees, it was a fault of temper which carried with it no grave condemnation. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

I do not know how far I should be justified in letting her know what is undoubtedly the truth, namely, that I have not very long to live. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

But in the confusion of parties and the uncertainty of government that followed William’s death, Defoe slid into practices which cannot be justified by any standard of morality. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Jules Verne The sailor trusted Herbert as he would himself, and his confidence was justified by the coolness and judgment of the lad. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing He implored her pardon, prostrated himself, behaved in a manner that justified his warning. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Rudyard Kipling What howlin’ Lazarites they are! No house is justified in makin’ itself a stench in the nostrils of decent —” “High-minded, pure-souled boys. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Yet I think there are cases in which a man who loved would be justified in making a woman happy at the risk of his own — soul, I suppose. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Am I justified in continuing to live this quiet life when there are so many millions whom I might save and comfort if I could but reach them?” Robert heaved a long sigh of relief. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Trollope Mr Forrest had made so little of the whole transaction that he felt himself justified in making little of it also. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I presume then that I may be justified in surmising that the lady has some considerable fortune?” “No, indeed, she has not. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

They laboured for two years in collecting materials, before Gibbon felt himself justified in entering on the “more agreeable task of composition. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Anthony Trollope The pride of his life had been in Marion, and this young lord’s choice had justified his pride. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

H. G. Wells It justified itself to her completely, and she faced her husband with a certain confidence. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

I had possibly committed unwittingly a breach of good breeding, according to French ideas, which almost justified the brusque severity of the Marquis’s undignified rebuke. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Arthur Conan Doyle Still, he has been justified of his wisdom up to date, at any rate, since he has not been taken. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Olaf Stapledon If they really have such an experience, if it is as precise and unmistakable as they claim, they are justified in brushing argument aside. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins Paris justified my confidence: the temptation was too much for her. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope It is a coarse tirade of abuse against a man whom we believe to have been bad, but as to whom we feel that we are not justified in supposing that we can get his true character here. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is supposed to have completely justified this new experiment of drafting men of a different social order into the police. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope He need not have sworn to it in a Court of Law. So he told himself, and so justified his conscience. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

All had flashed on him with the discovery of the true purpose of the demand which he thought had justified his persecution. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Washington Irving We stigmatize the Indians, also, as cowardly and treacherous, because they use stratagem in warfare, in preference to open force; but in this they are fully justified by their rude code of honor. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

On searching her Cell, various suspicious books and instruments were found which justified the accusation brought against her. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

I said: “Lupin, are you justified in this outrageous extravagance?” Lupin replied: “Well, one must get to the City somehow. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

I succeeded, however; and the contents, when I read them, justified my emotion. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The justified dead sow and reap in the Elysian fields, gather celestial fruits, and bathe in the waters of truth. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The event had justified his fears. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edith Wharton Moreover, by some obscure process of logic, she felt that her momentary burst of generosity had justified all previous extravagances, and excused any in which she might subsequently indulge. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft If I knew as little of the matter as they, I would feel justified in believing as they do. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

George Gissing Having justified without shadow of argument her own incredible proceeding, she judged everything and everybody by some new standard, mysteriously attained. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

Anthony Trollope He knew that he had uttered words so hard, that it might be doubted whether, under any circumstances, they could be justified from a gentleman to a lady. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope He was one who absolutely did gain his living, and an ample living too, by his pen, and was regarded on all sides as a literary lion, justified by success in roaring at any tone he might please. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Ay, wisdom is justified o’ her children; an’ any other man than me wad ha’ made the indent eight hunder. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Virginia Woolf Helen thought herself justified in asking, “Do you find your family difficult to get on with?” “Intolerable. . The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

E. Phillips Oppenheim But he is unscrupulous! So long as the end is great, he believes himself justified in stooping to any means. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Isabella Bird These circumstances, I thought, justified me in ringing the bell and asking for a glass of wine. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Edith Wharton Delia had never before noticed how much her husband and his cousin Joe were alike; it made her feel how justified she was in always thinking of the Ralston’s collectively. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was never wholly at ease in the social circle amongst which his birth and training scarcely justified his inclusion. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Anthony Trollope Then, also, he doubted whether he would be justified in speaking of this will at all. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

His judgment, activity, and consummate bravery, justified their choice. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

I thought I would just make a few simple moves and let the game take care of itself until the time justified me in giving him ‘check,’ and going off to bed. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Algernon Blackwood And LeVallon, she realized with immense relief, justified her action, for he did not return the kiss. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

I suppose you don’t expect me to say anything in self-defence?” “No, Ralph, and you needn’t; I’ve defended you sufficiently — justified you. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

On this occasion, Azzo has been accused of the worst ingratitude to his nephews, Alberto and Mastino. But, if the people were oppressed, he was surely justified in rescuing them from misgovernment. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Lady Eversleigh and her companion were justified in believing themselves unobserved. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

T. E. Lawrence On occasions like this Death justified himself and was cheap. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Charles Kingsley Wisdom is justified of all her children: and folly may be justified of some of her children also. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

Parsons, of the Blanket Mills, bolted at the first hint of the new policy and justified it by reminding people that he always said he would if it ever looked like business. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

George Gissing It’s one of those cases in which homicide would be justified by public interest. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith I have heard of men who lost heart at the eleventh hour, and if they had only hung on, with gallant faith in themselves, they would have been justified by the result. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Algernon Blackwood I came home with the belief that my yearning would be satisfied in a deeper measure; and more — that, somehow, it would be justified and explained. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

George Gissing You just give it a thought, Maud; talk it over with Dora.’ He resumed presently: ‘I maintain that we people of brains are justified in supplying the mob with the food it likes. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope When he was to be heard the cathedral was always full, and he was perhaps justified in regarding himself as one of the ecclesiastical stars of the day. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The only point is whether Grant was quite justified in taking her to such a very secluded corner. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arnold Bennett She had explained nothing, justified nothing, made no charge, asked no forgiveness. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Leaving his intellectual throne as the spokesman of a practical liberty, Emerson’s wisdom was justified by the fact that he was always at first on the unpopular, and ultimately on the winning, side. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Joseph Furphy I wish I could hold you guiltless, Mary. Ask your own conscience whether you were justified in obtaining entry to an establishment like this. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edith Wharton If he had hoped to restore his self-respect by the simple expedient of assailing Flamel’s, the result had not justified his expectation. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Jules Verne This discovery, at any rate, justified the doubts of the police-inspector. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Could any man be justified in asserting that a woman loved him till she had told him so? It was evident no doubt,—so she told herself. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins The medical report, in the morning, justified some hope. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins Emily, as usual, justified the confidence placed in her. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Now, knowing human nature to be full of contradictions, I could not satisfy myself that I should be justified in accepting either half of his testimony as absolutely true. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Had I any one dependent on me, I probably might not be justified in following the bent of my inclination. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

A few handfuls of blady grass supply a sheaf of missiles, and with such cheap ammunition the sportsman is justified in providing himself profusely when intent upon the destruction of shy birds. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

F. Scott Fitzgerald Drake justified his position easily; he had evidently rehearsed the part a great deal. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

E. Nesbi The Virginia Stock justified her faith quite soon, and her garden was gay with a band of bright little flowers, pink and white and red and mauve. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Germany has faced a jealous world in arms and she is about to be justified of her great courage. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Elizabeth Gaskell So the authorities were quite justified in the decided steps they had taken, both in their own estimation then, and now, in ours, looking back on the affair in cold blood. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell I hope I am justified in doing it, but he takes hold of me, as it were; and I have almost been afraid lest he carries me away, in spite of my judgment. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

On the whole, therefore, it must be said that the colder reception accorded to this instalment of the novel, as compared with the previous one, can hardly be justified on sound critical grounds. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

But I should like to ask you this: Do you feel justified in this continued surveillance of a man who has so frequently, and with such evident sincerity, declared his innocence?” “I do that. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson He justified the “First Blast” with all the old arrogance; there is no drawing back there. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thus we should not be justified in assuming a French origin for the family from which Richard le Chaucer, whom we know to have been the poet’s grandfather, was descended. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

George Meredith Everard Romfrey was one of those who thought themselves justified in insisting upon the continuation of the war, in contempt of our allies. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope Colonel Stubbs, who is only twenty-eight years of age, has a staff appointment at Aldershot. He has private means of his own, on which alone he would be justified in marrying. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He was, perhaps, justified in regarding Bragton as almost belonging to him, knowing as he did that it must belong to him after his father’s lifetime, and to his son after him. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Was that a time to consider whether a clergyman may be justified in putting out his strength? No; my lord. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

G. K. Chesterton And in this case he was certainly justified by what he found, though nobody would ever have guessed it. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

D.H. Lawrence Hence he is justified in his hope of infinite freedom and blessedness. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Rafael Sabatini He reviewed all the evidence that had led her to her conclusions, and he was forced to confess that she was in some measure justified of them. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Sigmund Freud Moreover, here once again there is a person in a high position as a middle term between the aristocrat and the musician who is justified in raising high hopes. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Prendergast had therefore felt himself justified in making this promise. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

For the first time also she felt that she had been justified in coming, and in leaving the man who,—alas! that it should be so, he being kinsman as well as husband,—had treated her so ill. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

H. G. Wells Yet I argued with myself that the abduction of Mary justified any such course. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Anthony Trollope And sad as they were, they seemed to be justified by circumstances as they operated upon him. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anthony Trollope Could he be justified in flattering himself that she had hitherto resisted temptation because in her heart of hearts she was true to her first love? He was true. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton It can only be justified in practice; and I have a healthy fear that my practice will not justify it. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

David Hume In this opinion I am justified by experience, as well as by the authority of all philosophers and politicians, both ancient and modern. Of the Independency of Parliament by David Hume

George Gissing Regarding her, Everard felt a nobility in her countenance which amply justified all he had ever felt and said. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins In one respect, the result justified the trouble taken to obtain it. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope But he had not held himself to be justified in acquainting his prisoner with the facts. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

It had been such an exciting win that Larose thought a bottle of sparkling wine was quite justified under the circumstances. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

I feel quite justified in giving you a little outing at sea. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn He married, doubtless, for beauty; but probably not without discerning that this girl of sixteen had qualities of prudence, order, and courage which amply justified his choice. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Ford Madox Ford It justified your former philosophic life. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Theodore Dreiser For the first time in her life she felt settled, and somewhat justified in the eyes of society as she conceived of it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne I was perfectly justified in having your goods put to the test,” said Servadac, quite seriously. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

So that upon the whole he had been justified in reporting fine weather at home. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Benjamin Disraeli No man of honour would be justified in so interposing if he believed he was thus furnishing arms against the very government of which he solicited the favour. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Anthony Trollope Rebellion is justified by being better served than constituted authority, but cannot be justified otherwise. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The first lady who called upon her no doubt suppressed a hesitation for the sake of getting a glimpse of the domestic interior; one or two others justified themselves by the precedent. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson But when he had pushed cup and saucer from him, wiped his moustache, and driven back his chair, fleetly to skim the less important columns, she felt justified in claiming his attention. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson