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vindicate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of vindicate

  1. 1 to free from a charge of wrongdoing vowed that the evidence would completely vindicate him Synonyms of vindicate absolve, acquit, clear, exonerate, exculpateWords Related to vindicate atone (for), expiate; discharge, liberate, redeem, release, unburden; condone, excuse, whitewash; forgive, pardon, remit; avenge, redress, revengeNear Antonyms of vindicate accuse, arraign, charge, impeach, indict; convictAntonyms of vindicate criminate, incriminate

  2. 2 to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of recent discoveries have generally vindicated the physicist's theories Synonyms of vindicate argue, attest, authenticate, bear out, certify, corroborate, substantiate, support, validate, verify, confirmWords Related to vindicate avouch, back (up), testify (to), vouch (for), witness; guarantee, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avow, declare, profess; demonstrate, document, establish, prove, reinforce (also reenforce)Near Antonyms of vindicate contradict, gainsay; deny, disavow, disclaim; challenge, contest, dispute, questionAntonyms of vindicate disprove, rebut, refute

Synonym Discussion of vindicate

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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