vindication

Vindication is a sweet thing — when you get vindication, you've been proven right or justified in doing something. Everyone accused of a crime craves vindication.

Vindication is good, but it can only come after something bad, like being accused of something you didn't do. If a teacher thought you cheated, but then announced to the whole class that you didn't, you're getting vindication. An accused criminal who is exonerated — cleared of the crime — gets vindication. If you believe something crazy — like that your underdog sports team could win a championship — and it comes true, that's a vindication of your beliefs.

Definitions of vindication
  1. noun
    the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.
    “friends provided a vindication of his position”
    synonyms: exoneration
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    justification
    the act of defending or explaining or making excuses for by reasoning
    rehabilitation
    vindication of a person's character and the re-establishment of that person's reputation
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    clearing
    the act of freeing from suspicion
  2. noun
    the justification for some act or belief
    synonyms: defence, defense
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    apologia, apology
    a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
    alibi
    (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
    alibi, exculpation, excuse, self-justification
    a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.
    extenuation, mitigation
    a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
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    justification
    a statement in explanation of some action or belief
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