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rationalize

(răsh′ə-nə-līz′)
v.
To devise self-satisfying but false or inconsistent reasons for one's behavior, especially as an unconscious defense mechanism through which irrational acts or feelings are made to appear rational to oneself.

ra′tion·al·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Anything we can do to get an edge, we have to go for it," Watkins rationalizes,
Marshall had told her: "I need you to be white and blond and blue eyed." She rationalizes, "An adulterous love is moral." Not surprisingly, in And All Our Wounds Forgiven, the symbiotic relationship between sex and racism is considered the possible impetus for the Civil Rights Movement.
While there is considerable overlap between these chapters (since grieving for victims of different diseases may, after all, be conventionalized similarly), the author's emphasis is on differences, which mainly have to do with the ways society rationalizes a disease.