Exonerate vs. Vindicate

Exonerate vs. Vindicate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Exonerate and Vindicate

Exonerateverb

To free from blame.

Vindicateverb

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).

Exonerateverb

To free from a responsibility, obligation, or task.

Vindicateverb

To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example).

Exonerateverb

To relieve (someone or something) of a load; to unburden (a load).

Vindicateverb

To demonstrate or prove the value or validity of; justify

The results of the experiment vindicated her optimism.

Exonerateverb

Of a body of water: to discharge or empty (itself).

Vindicateverb

(Obsolete) To exact revenge for; avenge.

Exonerateverb

(transitive) To free from an obligation, responsibility or task.

Vindicateverb

(transitive) To clear of an accusation, suspicion or criticism.

to vindicate someone's honor

Exonerateverb

(transitive) To free from accusation or blame.

Vindicateverb

(transitive) To justify by providing evidence.

to vindicate a right, claim or title

Exonerateadjective

(archaic) Freed from an obligation; freed from accusation or blame; acquitted, exonerated.

Vindicateverb

(transitive) To maintain or defend (a cause) against opposition.

to vindicate the rights of labor movement in developing countries

Exonerateverb

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges;

The suspect was cleared of the murder charges

Vindicateverb

(transitive) To provide justification for.

The violent history of the suspect vindicated the use of force by the police.

Vindicateverb

(transitive) To lay claim to; to assert a right to; to claim.

Vindicateverb

To liberate; to set free; to deliver.

Vindicateverb

To avenge; to punish

a war to vindicate infidelity

Vindicateverb

show to be right by providing justification or proof;

vindicate a claim

Vindicateverb

maintain, uphold, or defend;

vindicate the rights of the citizens

Vindicateverb

clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof;

You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel