Vin"di*cate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vindicated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Vindicating.] [L. vindicatus, p. p. of vindicare to lay claim to, defend, avenge. See Vengeance.]


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. Pope.


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 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.


To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies.



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.


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.

Syn. -- To assert; maintain; claim. See Assert.


© Webster 1913.

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