Why on earth would Pope Benedict XVI want to rehabilitate a Holocaust denier?
This is clearly a step by Zimmerman to rehabilitate his image so he can hopefully profit off his fame down the line.
With his new book, Jimmy Carter is trying to rehabilitate the reputation of his administration.
1570s, "to bring back to a former condition after decay or damage," back-formation from rehabilitation and in part from Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare. Meaning "to restore one's reputation or character in the eyes of others" is from 1847. Related: Rehabilitated; rehabilitating.
rehabilitate re·ha·bil·i·tate (rē'hə-bĭl'ĭ-tāt')
v. re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing, re·ha·bil·i·tates
To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.