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vindicate

  

      vb   tr  
1    to clear from guilt, accusation, blame, etc., as by evidence or argument  
2    to provide justification for  
his promotion vindicated his unconventional attitude     
3    to uphold, maintain, or defend (a cause, etc.)  
to vindicate a claim     
4      (Roman law)   to bring an action to regain possession of (property) under claim of legal title  
5    Rare   to claim, as for oneself or another  
6    Obsolete   to take revenge on or for; punish  
7    Obsolete   to set free  
     (C17: from Latin vindicare, from vindex claimant)  
  vindicator      n  
  vindicatory      adj  
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vindicate

  
1    absolve, acquit, clear, defend, do justice to, exculpate, excuse, exonerate, free from blame, justify, rehabilitate  
2    advocate, assert, establish, maintain, support, uphold  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    accuse, blame, condemn, convict, incriminate, punish, reproach  

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