vindicate

Part of speech: verb

To assert or defend against attack; maintain successfully; justify.

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Usage examples "vindicate":

  1. Since you doubt my word, it is beneath my dignity to vindicate it, and your business can as well be dispatched now, as hereafter. - "Pelham, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009.
  2. Let me try to vindicate that expression of opinion in a word or two. - "Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers", Alexander Maclaren.
  3. When it was urged that Congress should have the power to raise taxes in the States, there were patriots who asked sternly what the war was about if it was not to vindicate the principle that the people of a State alone should have power of taxation over themselves. - "Washington and his Comrades in Arms A Chronicle of the War of Independence", George Wrong.