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[vin-di-key-shuh n] /ˌvɪn dɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of vindicating.
the state of being vindicated.
defense; excuse; justification:
Poverty was a vindication for his thievery.
something that vindicates:
Subsequent events were her vindication.
Origin of vindication
1475-85; < Latin vindicātiōn- (stem of vindicātiō), equivalent to vindicāt(us) (see vindicate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonvindication, noun
revindication, noun
self-vindication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-vindication
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  • He was full of self-vindication, full of invective against his fellows, full of mistaken thoughts about God.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • I may just add a word here on the subject of self-vindication.

    Elijah the Tishbite C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
  • It almost amounted to a self-vindication, and he chuckled in secret, imagining to himself their confusion.

  • Now his personal sympathies were enlisted, for the path of self-vindication lay through the triumph of the Rainbow.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
  • Our voices have been loud in self-defence and self-vindication, and there has been anger in our voices.

    The Calvary Road Roy Hession
  • Her eagerness was not that of self-vindication; it was the feverish exaltation with which old age glories over bygone achievement.

    A Dozen Ways Of Love Lily Dougall
  • Or, art thou on the ground of self-righteousness, self-vindication, and self-complacency?

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • Mr. Randall's excuse, that the act was done in self-vindication, is the worst of all.

  • Their attempts at self-vindication will end only in their suffering and confusion.

    Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
  • In private life the story has an application against wild and violent methods of self-vindication.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
British Dictionary definitions for self-vindication


the act of vindicating or the condition of being vindicated
a means of exoneration from an accusation
a fact, evidence, circumstance, etc, that serves to vindicate a theory or claim
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Word Origin and History for self-vindication



late 15c., "act of avenging, revenge," from Latin vindicationem (nominative vindicatio) "act of claiming or avenging," from vindicare "to set free, lay claim to, assert, avenge" (related to vindicta "revenge"), probably from vim dicare "to show authority," from vim, accusative of vis "force" + root of dicere "to say" (see diction). Meaning "justification by proof, defense against censure" is attested from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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