The late-life Vidal presented himself as a national conscience, a vindicator of small r-republican ideals against imperial excess.
The Youngstown vindicator named 2011 the “Year of the Earthquakes” in Mahoning County.
1620s, "to avenge or revenge," from Latin vindicatus, past participle of vindicare (see vindication). Meaning "to clear from censure or doubt, by means of demonstration" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Vindicated, vindicating.