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vindicate

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Definition show to be right or justified
  • He was eager to vindicate his actions.
vindicate = show to be right
  • You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel
  • ...they had nothing else to vindicate them...
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • vindicate = show they were right
  • I knew that I was right, and that time and the sober second thought of the people would vindicate me.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • vindicate = show to be right or justified
  • A moral vindication was regarded by the youth as a very important thing.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • vindication = to be shown to be right or justified in taking prior action
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • ...he looks up at the sky with that expression of dumb and brooding outrage and yet of vindication, as though he had expected no less;
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • vindication = having been proved right
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Against our land the proud invader came To vindicate fell Polyneices' claim.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • vindicate = clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt; or show to be right
  • The boy finally turns around and rolls his eyes at her, knowing the mood has changed and he is vindicated;
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • vindicated = shown to be right or justified
  • I knew that I was right, and that time and the sober second thought of the people would vindicate me.
    Washington, Booker T.  --  Up From Slavery
  • Before the public he would have liked to vindicate the efficiency of his department by establishing the identity of that man.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Secret Agent
  • I am here obliged to vindicate the reputation of an excellent lady, who was an innocent sufferer upon my account.
    Swift, Jonathan  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Legally speaking, as well as morally speaking, it absolutely vindicates your husband's innocence.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Law and the Lady
  • "That's what made us fetch to leeward," the captain interrupted, desiring to vindicate his seamanship.
    London, Jack  --  South Sea Tales
  • He waited, while Rachel vainly tried to vindicate her sex from the slight he put upon it.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  The Voyage Out
  • "Oh, yes," said Maggie, reviving a little in the desire to vindicate the variety of her reading.
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • They believed they were going to die, and they did their best to vindicate that belief.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure
  • To vindicate his helpless right
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
  • Have these Papers vindicated the Constitution from the aspersions thrown on it?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • I had attended the ceremony against his vehement opposition, and he was feeling vindicated and authoritarian.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Stanton refused to leave the office and was vindicated when the Senate voted that Johnson's actions were illegal.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln

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