explain oneself

explain oneself

1. Clarify what one has said or done, as in If you have a few minutes, I'll try to explain myself. [First half of 1600s]
2. Demand or give an explanation or excuse for something wrong one has done. For example, You're three hours late-can you explain yourself?
See also: explain
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For members of non-normative groups, being singled out and having to explain oneself vis-a-vis the implicit standard of a more normative group can negatively affect their group-based sense of self-worth, regardless of the specific evaluative content of intergroup comparisons - likely because being the effect to be explained is experienced as stigmatising, othering, and disempowering," she wrote.
or to compare UWE's puzzlingly signposted campus to the hotel in Deep Secret, knowing that one would not be required to explain oneself further.