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"vindication of divine justice," 1771, from French théodicée, title of a 1710 work by Leibniz to prove the justice of God in a world with much moral and physical evil, from Greek theos "god" (see theo-) + dike "custom, usage; justice, right; court case," from PIE *dika-, from root *deik- (see diction). Related: Theodicean.