Vindicate
Vindicate Vin"di*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vindicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vindicating}.] [L. vindicatus, p. p. of vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge. See {Vengeance}.] 1. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain? The birds of heaven shall vindicate their grain. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To maintain or defend with success; to prove to be valid; to assert convincingly; to sustain against assault; as, to vindicate a right, claim, or title. [1913 Webster]

3. To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify. [1913 Webster]

When the respondent denies any proposition, the opponent must directly vindicate . . . that proposition. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, But vindicate the ways of God to man. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To liberate; to set free; to deliver. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I am confident he deserves much more That vindicates his country from a tyrant Than he that saves a citizen. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

6. To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

God is more powerful to exact subjection and to vindicate rebellion. --Bp. Pearson. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To assert; maintain; claim. See {Assert}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • vindicate — (v.) 1620s, to avenge or revenge, from L. vindicatus, pp. of vindicare (see VINDICATION (Cf. vindication)). Meaning to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • vindicate — 1 justify, defend, *maintain, assert Analogous words: *support, uphold, advocate 2 exonerate, *exculpate, absolve, acquit Analogous words: *disprove, refute, confute: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • vindicate — ► VERB 1) clear of blame or suspicion. 2) show to be right or justified. DERIVATIVES vindication noun. ORIGIN Latin vindicare claim, avenge …   English terms dictionary

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  • vindicate — vindicator, n. /vin di kayt /, v.t., vindicated, vindicating. 1. to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like: to vindicate someone s honor. 2. to afford justification for; justify: Subsequent events vindicated his policy.… …   Universalium

  • vindicate — verb a) To clear from an accusation, suspicion or criticism. to vindicate someones honor b) To justify by providing evidence. to vindicate a right, claim or title See Also: vindication …   Wiktionary

  • vindicate — v. (B) ( to justify ) can you vindicate your actions to us? * * * [ vɪndɪkeɪt] (B) ( to justify ) can you vindicate your actions to us? …   Combinatory dictionary

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