• WordNet 3.6
    • v vindicate show to be right by providing justification or proof "vindicate a claim"
    • v vindicate clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"
    • v vindicate maintain, uphold, or defend "vindicate the rights of the citizens"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vindicate To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity. "God is more powerful to exact subjection and to vindicate rebellion."
    • Vindicate To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim. "Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain?
      The birds of heaven shall vindicate their grain."
    • Vindicate To liberate; to set free; to deliver. "I am confident he deserves much more
      That vindicates his country from a tyrant
      Than he that saves a citizen."
    • Vindicate 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.
    • Vindicate To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies.
    • Vindicate To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify. "When the respondent denies any proposition, the opponent must directly vindicate . . . that proposition.""Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
      But vindicate the ways of God to man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vindicate To assert a right to; lay claim to; claim.
    • vindicate To defend or support against an enemy; maintain the cause or rights of; deliver from wrong, oppression, or the like; clear from censure, or the like: as, to vindicate an official.
    • vindicate To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; defend; justify.
    • vindicate To avenge; punish; retaliate.
    • vindicate Synonyms and Assert, Defend, Maintain, etc. See assert.
    • vindicate Vindicated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vindicate vin′di-kāt to lay claim to: to defend: to maintain by force
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vindicatus, p. p. of vindicare, to lay claim to, defend, avenge. See Vengeance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vindicāre, -ātumvis, vim, power, dicāre, to proclaim, dicĕre, to say; others trace to the root of venia, favour.


In literature:

Wait had vindicated his courage, but at the expense of his life.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
Vindication of, this Report from the Animadversions of Lord Thurlow, xi.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
Is English rule in India, considered as to its character and results, capable of vindication?
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
The gathering of the Convention of a United South Africa is in itself a vindication of colonial policy.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
Will you not vindicate yourself?
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
The dead man is indifferent to the boast of honor vindicated.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
The return under such conditions would not be a vindication.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
The prophecy has been vindicated.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
However, feeling that the deer had vindicated me, I had a pride in him, and kept him from a timely end.
"Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters" by Henry Wallace Phillips
These terms should not, and in earlier times would not, have required explanation or vindication.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis

In poetry:

Daniel (in the den.)
Hail! King Darius!
The God I serve has shut the lions' mouths,
To vindicate my innocence.
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
But as unto the least of Thine 'tis done,
'Neath night's dark cover, or the blazing sun,
So is it done to Thee, and Thou wilt yet
Thy majesty and power vindicate!
"The Divine Mission" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
At length, all graced in Fancy's orient hues,
His native fires with added culture bright,
Rose SHERIDAN! to vindicate the Muse,
And gild the drama with meridian light.
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
While the rude hearse conveys me slow away,
And careless eyes my vulgar fate proclaim,
Let thy kind tear my utmost worth o'erpay,
And, softly sighing, vindicate my fame.—
"Elegy XXV. To Delia, With Some Flowers" by William Shenstone
The passions that we fought with and subdued
Never quite die. In some maimed serpent's coil
They lurk, ready to spring and vindicate
That power was once our torture and our lord.
"The Passions that We Fought With" by Trumbull Stickney
"Dastards!" he cries, "is this your vaunted boast?—
Flies from a single sword your coward host?
Mine be the task to wipe away your shame,
And vindicate the sullied Danish name."
"Alfred. Book V." by Henry James Pye

In news:

Week Seventeen from The Vindicator.
Week Sixteen from The Vindicator.
Coli outbreak in Germany say they have been vindicated now that the infection source apparently was German-grown sprouts.
Vindication to Stay at $60,000.
Vindication will stand once again for $60,000 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Farms.
Supreme Court vindicates Obama on health care.
He wants money and vindication, and his bully tactics are getting old.
UCI stripping Armstrong, Vindicates the French and Tatters the Tour de France .
'Homeland' wins a vindication for Showtime.
Week Twelve from The Vindicator.
Has Obama's approach to Libya been vindicated .
Dale Earnhardt Jr Vindicated as Points Leader.
Brewers' Ryan Braun feels vindicated .
Supporters of moving Hagerstown city election vindicated .
After Serving 12 Years On Death Row, Virginia Man Is Vindicated , Free.

In science:

This is enough to vindicate our main claim, but it is interesting to learn more about the spin connection and its relationship with anholonomy.
Spin and Anholonomy in General Relativity
This can also be considered as a vindication of the result of Lemma 2.3.
Embedding simple commutative monoids into simple refinement monoids
The development of the δ -function peak (α = 1) at the transition point is a vindication of the first order nature of the unzipping transition.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
The use of RMT vindicates the Brink– Axel hypothesis.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
This distinction has been amply vindicated by subsequent developments.
Early Results from the Galactic O-Star Spectroscopic Survey: C III Emission Lines in Of Spectra