Definition of vindicate:
- To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity.
- To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.
- To liberate; to set free; to deliver.
- 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.
- To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies.
- To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify.
pay back, eliminate, corroborate, purge, vouch for, bear out, make/prove your/a point, punish, retaliate, redress, second, claim, get off, rationalise, fix, wreak, rationalize, repay, justify, right, someone cannot/can't help it if, maintain, certify, pay off, substantiate, revenge, visit, forgiveness, point to, authenticate, show, assert, attack, law, prove, someone is only human, defend, confirm, apologise, warrant, argue, validate, support, requite, attest, verify.
- acquit (part of speech: verb)
- vindicate (part of speech: verb)
- forgive (part of speech: verb)
- "The Song of Songs", Hermann Sudermann.
But to vindicate our poet, Mr. Dryden tells us from tradition, and we may venture to take his word, that Jonson was really acquainted with a person of this whimsical turn of mind: and as humor is a personal quality, the poet is acquitted from the charge of exhibiting a monster, or an extravagant unnatural caricatura.- "Literary Remains, Vol. 2", Coleridge.
Do whatever you can to help every struggling soul, to add new strength to any staggering cause, the poor sick man that is by you, the poor wronged man whom you with your influence might vindicate, the poor boy in your shop that you may set with new hope upon the road of life that is beginning already to look dark to him.- "Addresses", Phillips Brooks.