[ vin-di-keyt ]
/ ˈvɪn dɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing.

Nearby words

  1. vindaloo,
  2. vindhya hills,
  3. vindhya pradesh,
  4. vindhya range,
  5. vindicable,
  6. vindication,
  7. vindicative,
  8. vindicatory,
  9. vindictive,
  10. vindictively

Origin of vindicate

1525–35; < Latin vindicātus (past participle of vindicāre to lay legal claim to (property), to free (someone) from servitude (by claiming him as free), to protect, avenge, punish), equivalent to vindic- (stem of vindex claimant, protector, avenger) + -ātus -ate1

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/ (ˈvɪndɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsvindicator, nounvindicatory, adjective

Word Origin for vindicate

C17: from Latin vindicāre, from vindex claimant

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Word Origin and History for vindicate



1620s, "to avenge or revenge," from Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare (see vindication). Meaning "to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating.

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