[vin-di-key-shuh n]
  1. the act of vindicating.
  2. the state of being vindicated.
  3. defense; excuse; justification: Poverty was a vindication for his thievery.
  4. 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 formsnon·vin·di·ca·tion, nounre·vin·di·ca·tion, nounself-vin·di·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-vindication

Historical Examples of self-vindication

  • Our voices have been loud in self-defence and self-vindication, and there has been anger in our voices.

    The Calvary Road

    Roy Hession

  • I may just add a word here on the subject of self-vindication.

    Elijah the Tishbite

    C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh

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


    Benjamin Disraeli

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

    Blue Goose

    Frank Lewis Nason

  • In place of leading him to self-judgment, they only ministered to a spirit of self-vindication.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

British Dictionary definitions for self-vindication


  1. the act of vindicating or the condition of being vindicated
  2. a means of exoneration from an accusation
  3. 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.

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