What does the word vindication mean?

Usage examples for vindication

  1. 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
  2. Heraine would acknowledge my vindication. – Tales of the Chesapeake by George Alfred Townsend