1. To lay
claim to; to assert
to; to claim. "Is thine alone the seed
that strews the plain? The birds of sky
their grain." (Pope)
2. To sustain or defend with success; to prove to be valid; to assert
convincingly; to maintain
against assault; as, to vindicate
a right, claim, or title.
3. To support or sustain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify. "When the respondent denies any proposition, the opponent should directly vindicate
. . . That proposition." (I. Watts) "Laugh where we should, be candid where we can, But vindicate
the ways of God to man." (Pope)
4. To sustain, as a law
or a reason, by overthrowing enemies.
5. To liberate; to set
free; to deliver. "I am confident he deserves many
more That vindicates his
country from a tyrant
Than he that saves a citizen." (Massinger)
6. To avenge; to punish; as, a war
or punish infidelity. "God is more powerful to exact subjection and to vindicate
rebellion." (Bp. Pearson)
Synonym: To assert, sustain, claim. See Assert.
Origin: L. Vindicatus, p. P. Of vindicare to lay
claim to, defend, avenge. See Vengeance.
Source: Websters Vocabulary