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Fail to justify fellow's conviction (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

belief

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Here is my best explanation:

'conviction' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'fail to justify fellow's' is the wordplay.
'fail to justify' becomes 'belie' (I've seen this before).
'fellow' becomes 'f' (abbreviation - of a society etc.).
'belie'+'f'='BELIEF'

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for belief that I've seen before include "Credence", "Credo", "Creed or opinion", "Firm conviction", "Conviction, faith", "Opinion", "Faith; confidence", "Trust, faith (6)", "Confidence" and "Persuasion".)

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