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tr.v. vin·di·cat·ed, vin·di·cat·ing, vin·di·cates
1. To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof: "Our society permits people to sue for libel so that they may vindicate their reputations" (Irving R. Kaufman).
2. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example).
3. To demonstrate or prove the value or validity of; justify: The results of the experiment vindicated her optimism.
4. Obsolete To exact revenge for; avenge.

[Latin vindicāre, vindicāt-, from vindex, vindic-, surety, avenger; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

vin′di·ca′tor n.
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Noun1.vindicator - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institutionvindicator - a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution; "an apologist for capital punishment"
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
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References in classic literature ?
"Heaven wished to raise up for that oppressed child an avenger, or a supporter, or vindicator, if you prefer it.
Among others, to show the whimsicality of their deadly seriousness, may be mentioned the following: The Bleeding Hearts, Sons of the Morning, the Morning Stars, The Flamingoes, The Triple Triangles, The Three Bars, The Rubonics, The Vindicators, The Comanches, and the Erebusites.
After declaring his absolute loyalty to Trudeau, Vindicator inserts a program card into the computer that summons the members of Alpha Flight.
The Vindicator reports ( that officials hope the pilot can be expanded.
At the same time, the image of this vindicator is not the fierce warrior but a gentle, shepherding God who redeems and restores what others have let languish.
She is the well-wisher to freedom and liberty of all" but the "champion and vindicator only of her own."
The trainer-jockey combination can also take the 1m6f handicap with VINDICATOR (4.45).
My favourite mention was of the late Tipperary Vindicator, which sounded as if it could remove a limb or two in its influential heyday.
McNamara was denied a treble in the last race when short-priced favourite Vindicator, trained by Michael Dods, was out-battled close home by Stanarley Pic, ridden by Neil Farley and trained at Richmond by Sally Haynes.
Her pedigree contained numerous breed-changing sires like Gilbert, Euro and Vindicator. She sold to LD & LL Powell for 4,800gns (PS5,040) to join their Brynheath herd.