(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To clear]
Syn. acquit, free, absolve; see absolve , excuse .
2. [To defend]
Syn. plead for, second, support; see defend 3 .
3. [To justify]
Syn. prove, bear out, warrant; see justify 2 .
See Synonym Study at absolve .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[VIN duh KATE]
to clear one of blame, charges or suspicion; to absolve.
The new evidence vindicated the accused and he was promptly released with apologies.
SYN.: clear, clear one's name, exonerate, prove innocence, absolve, acquit, exculpate, excuse, pardon, uphold one's innocence, defend, support.
ANT.: damn, implicate, convict
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To free from a charge or imputation of guilt: absolve, clear, exculpate, exonerate. Law: acquit, purge. See LAW. 2. To support against arguments, attack, or criticism: apologize, defend, justify, maintain. Idioms: speak up for, stand up for, stick up for. See SUPPORT. 3. To show to be just, right, or valid: excuse, justify, rationalize. Idiom: make a case for. See RIGHT. 4. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example): assert, claim. See ATTACK. 5. To exact revenge for or from: avenge, pay back, pay off, redress, repay, requite. Informal: fix. Archaic: wreak. Idioms: even the score, get back at, get even with, pay back in kind (or in one's own coin), settle (or square) accounts, take an eye for an eye. See FORGIVENESS.

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