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exculpate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of exculpate

  1. to free from a charge of wrongdoing I will present evidence that will exculpate my client Synonyms of exculpate absolve, acquit, clear, exonerate, vindicate Words Related to exculpate atone (for), expiate; discharge, liberate, redeem, release, unburden; condone, excuse, whitewash; forgive, pardon, remit; avenge, redress, revenge Near Antonyms of exculpate accuse, arraign, charge, impeach, indict; convict Antonyms of exculpate criminate, incriminate

Synonym Discussion of exculpate

exculpate, absolve, exonerate, acquit, vindicate mean to free from a charge. exculpate implies a clearing from blame or fault often in a matter of small importance.
    • exculpating himself from the charge of overenthusiasm
absolve implies a release either from an obligation that binds the conscience or from the consequences of disobeying the law or committing a sin.
    • cannot be absolved of blame
exonerate implies a complete clearance from an accusation or charge and from any attendant suspicion of blame or guilt.
    • exonerated by the investigation
acquit implies a formal decision in one's favor with respect to a definite charge.
    • voted to acquit the defendant
vindicate may refer to things as well as persons that have been subjected to critical attack or imputation of guilt, weakness, or folly, and implies a clearing effected by proving the unfairness of such criticism or blame.
    • her judgment was vindicated


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