(?), 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.] 1. To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim. [R.]
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Is thine alone the seed that strews the plain?
The birds of heaven shall vindicate their grain.
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2. 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.
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3. To support or maintain as true or correct, against denial, censure, or objections; to defend; to justify.
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When the respondent denies any proposition, the opponent must directly vindicate . . . that proposition.
I. Watts.
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Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
But vindicate the ways of God to man.
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4. To maintain, as a law or a cause, by overthrowing enemies. Milton.
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5. To liberate; to set free; to deliver. [Obs.]
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I am confident he deserves much more
That vindicates his country from a tyrant
Than he that saves a citizen.
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6. To avenge; to punish; as, a war to vindicate or punish infidelity. [Obs.] Bacon.
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God is more powerful to exact subjection and to vindicate rebellion.
Bp. Pearson.
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Syn. -- To assert; maintain; claim. See Assert.
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