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Definition of "vindicate" []

  • To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof: "Our society permits people to sue for libel so that they may vindicate their reputations” ( Irving R. Kaufman). (verb-transitive)
  • To provide justification or support for: vindicate one's claim. (verb-transitive)
  • To justify or prove the worth of, especially in light of later developments. (verb-transitive)
  • To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To exact revenge for; avenge. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vindicate" in a sentence
  • "While he said he doesn't like to "use the word vindicate," Feldstein, who turns 72 next week, said he recently reviewed his euro-skeptic articles and "thought they were pretty much on target, even though they were written 20 years ago.""
  • "Rome was still the lawful mistress of the world: the pope and the emperor, the bishop and general, had abdicated their station by an inglorious retreat to the Rhone and the Danube; but if she could resume her virtue, the republic might again vindicate her liberty and dominion."
  • "Its only purpose can be to do one of three things: self - "vindicate" bad loser revenge, sell products, such as advertising on Fox News, books, speaking tours etc. and/or troll for the unhinged on a "fishing expedition" for tomorrow's assassins."