1. show to be right by providing justification or proof

    Synonyms : justify
    Type Of : uphold, maintain
    Examples :
    • vindicate a claim
  2. clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof

    Type Of : acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
    Examples :
    • You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel
  3. maintain, uphold, or defend

    Type Of : maintain, defend
    Examples :
    • vindicate the rights of the citizens


  1. slanderous defamation

    Synonyms : malignment, smear
    Type Of : defamation, calumny, calumniation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
  2. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

    Synonyms : abuse, contumely, insult, revilement
    Type Of : discourtesy, disrespect


  1. a brief literary description

    Synonyms : sketch
    Type Of : description
  2. a photograph whose edges shade off gradually

    Type Of : exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
  3. a small illustrative sketch (as sometimes placed at the beginning of chapters in books)

    Type Of : sketch, study


  1. not fully developed in mature animals

    Synonyms : rudimentary


  1. a reeling sensation; a feeling that you are about to fall

    Synonyms : dizziness, giddiness, lightheadedness
    Type Of : symptom


  1. an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words

    Synonyms : verboseness
    Type Of : expressive style, style


  1. using or containing too many words

    Synonyms : long-winded, tedious, windy, wordy
    Examples :
    • verbose and ineffective instructional methods


  1. unwillingness to tell lies

    Antonyms : mendacity
    Type Of : truthfulness


  1. easily excused or forgiven

    Synonyms : excusable, forgivable
    Examples :
    • a venial error
  2. warranting only temporal punishment

    Synonyms : minor
    Examples :
    • venial sin


  1. regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

    Synonyms : fear, revere, reverence
    Type Of : esteem, value, prise, prize, respect
    Examples :
    • We venerate genius