What does the word vindication mean?

Usage examples for vindication

  1. An anonymous author of a pamphlet, entitled, An Essay in Vindication of the Continental Colonies of America, seems to have come forward next. – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament (1808), Vol. I by Thomas Clarkson
  2. Bergamasc sneered at Brescian, and both united in contempt of the Milanese, who, having a burden on their minds, appealed at once to their individual willingness to use the sword in vindication of Milan against its traducers. – Vittoria, v8 by George Meredith
  3. Heraine would acknowledge my vindication. – Tales of the Chesapeake by George Alfred Townsend