Vindicate

Definition of Vindicate

Vin´di`cate
v. t.1.To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
[imp. & p. p. Vindicated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Vindicating.]
Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain?
The birds of heaven shall vindicate their grain.
- Pope.
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.
3.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.
- I. Watts.
Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
But vindicate the ways of God to man.
- Pope.
4.To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies.
5.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.
- Massinger.
6.To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity.
God is more powerful to exact subjection and to vindicate rebellion.
- Bp. Pearson.

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