- To vindicate is defined as to clear someone of criticism or blame.
Providing evidence in a trial that proves a suspect’s innocence is an example of vindicate.
- Vindicate is defined as to justify an opinion or belief.
A politician who lays out all the reasons he was pushing for a controversial policy is an example of vindicate.
- to clear from criticism, blame, guilt, suspicion, etc.; uphold by evidence or argument
- to defend or maintain (a cause, claim, etc.) against opposition
- to serve as justification for; justify: a success which vindicated their belief in him
- to lay claim to or establish possession of (something for oneself or another)
- to avenge
- to punish
Origin: from Classical Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare, to claim, avenge from uncertain or unknown; perhaps vim, force (see vim) plush dicere, to say: see diction
- vindicator noun
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transitive verb vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing, vin·di·cates
- 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).
- To provide justification or support for: vindicate one's claim.
- To justify or prove the worth of, especially in light of later developments.
- To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example).
- To exact revenge for; avenge.
Origin: Latin vindicāre, vindicāt-, from vindex, vindic-, surety, avenger; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- vinˈdi·caˌtor noun