vin·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ˌvin-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vindication (audio) \

Definition of vindication

: an act of vindicating : the state of being vindicated specifically : justification against denial or censure : defense

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Examples of vindication in a Sentence

recanted testimony that resulted in a long-overdue vindication
Recent Examples on the Web For the Rajapaksas, the election is vindication on a grand scale. The Economist, "Sri Lanka’s election The Rajapaksas secure a firm grip on Sri Lanka," 7 Aug. 2020 Colorado Republicans watched Hickenlooper stumble through the first half of June and nodded in vindication. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Cavalry comes to Hickenlooper’s aid with 1 week left in Senate primary," 23 June 2020 Coming back to Italy now is in many ways a vindication. André Aciman, Town & Country, "How a Pandemic Brought Us Back to the Table," 18 June 2020 Simone Hunter watched the fire with what was becoming a familiar mixture of vindication and disbelief. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Trolls emerged en masse seeking some kind of strange vindication. Joseph Goodman |, al, "In response to Donald Trump, Bubba Wallace shows power of America," 7 July 2020 The recovery is something of a vindication for CEO Masayoshi Son, who unveiled plans to sell 4.5 trillion yen of assets to reduce debt and bankroll record share buybacks. Min Jeong Lee, Fortune, "SoftBank shares shake off WeWork losses to hit one year high," 3 July 2020 The bust that followed was a triumphant vindication of the sober valuation methods pioneered by Graham and Dodd and popularised by Mr Buffett. The Economist, "Buttonwood What if the dotcom boom and bust hadn’t happened?," 27 June 2020 For some passionate critics of the company, the reward wasn’t just in money, but in vindication. Paul J. Davies And Juliet Chung, WSJ, "Short Sellers Made $2.6 Billion Off Wirecard’s Plunge, but Not Without Scars," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of vindication

1613, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vindication was in 1613

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10 Aug 2020

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“Vindication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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