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1. to show to be righteous, innocent, or in the right, vindicate Meas. V. i. 159 “To this worthy nobleman, So vulgarly . . . accus'd,” Wint. I. i. 10, 2H6 II. iii. 16; with thing as object Sonn. cxxxix. 1 “call not me to justify the wrong.”
2. to prove, confirm, verify Tp. V. i. 128 “I here could . . . you traitors,” Wint. I. ii. 278 “say't and justify't,” H8 I. ii. 6, Cym. II. iv. 79.
3. to acknowledge (that something is true) Per. V. i. 219 “justify . . . She is thy very princess.”
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