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Avenge and revenge, once close synonyms, are now far apart in meaning. To avenge is to visit some offense with punishment, in order to vindicate the righteous, or to uphold and illustrate the right by the suffering or destruction of the wicked. "And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian," Acts vii, 24. To revenge is to inflict harm or suffering upon another through personal anger and resentment at something done to ourselves. Avenge is unselfish; revenge is selfish. Revenge, according to present usage, could not be said of God. To retaliate may be necessary for self-defense, without the idea of revenge. Compare REVENGE.
Avenge on or upon (rarely, avenge oneself of) a wrong-doer.
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show to be right by providing justification or proof
"vindicate a claim"
maintain, uphold, or defend
"vindicate the rights of the citizens"
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
"You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"
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How to use vindicate in a sentence?
We are confident that the trial in this case will conclusively vindicate Adam and finally bring closure to these outrageous allegations.
Have patience awhile slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
These records vindicate and add more evidence that at every turn I was paying my own way or was with my family, for all trips, including picking up tickets from my brother, Marcus, who was with a group of his own friends.
The case had nothing to do with abortion, Kavanaugh's apparent vote not to hear this particular case does nothing to vindicate Sen. Republican Sen. Susan Collins vote for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, sen. Collins' should not breath a sigh of relief until Brett Kavanaugh squarely votes to support Roe.
He feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate him.
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- rechtfertigen, geltend machen, verteidigen, beanspruchenGerman
- defender, justificar, vindicar, reclamar, reivindicarSpanish
- تصدیق کردنPersian
- puolustaa, vaatia, perustella, oikea, puhdistaa, osoittaaFinnish
- défendre, affirmer, faire valoir, réclamer, revendiquer, justifier, blanchirFrench
- verdedigen, verantwoorden, blaam zuiveren, rechtvaardigen, opeisen, doen gelden, vrijsprekenDutch
- защищать, оправдатьRussian
- rentvå, rättfärdigaSwedish
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