Avouch



to make frank acknowledgment or affirmation of; declare or assert with positiveness.
to assume responsibility for; vouch for; guarantee.
to admit; confess.
Historical Examples

One of the most sensible and practical of all proverbs, as every body’s experience can avouch.
The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 4, April, 1852 Various

But it is not so, as every well-constituted mind will avouch.
Impressions of America Tyrone Power

This Zeno will avouch for me, and Crato too, who confine sick persons to a fish diet, as of all others the lightest sort of meat.
Essays and Miscellanies Plutarch

Who would not avouch the honesty of John L. Stephens after reading his travels?
The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman

I am well trained in navigation, as Sir Richard Grenville can avouch.
The Golden Galleon Robert Leighton

“There can be no better rede, and we will all avouch it,” said the citizens.
The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott

While we proclaim him to be such an one, we avouch nothing but what we are ready to establish by solid proof.
Letters of John Calvin, Volume I (of 4) Jules Bonnet

“Before God and man, I will avouch the deed,” answered Endicott.
The Little Book of the Flag Eva March Tappan

You will think you have made no offence, if the Duke avouch the justice of your dealing?
Measure for Measure William Shakespeare

Love is not blind in this case, Alice dear, I avouch it; but it has the gift of prevision also.
The Last of the Vikings John Bowling

verb (transitive) (archaic)
to vouch for; guarantee
to acknowledge
to assert
v.

late 15c., from Middle French avochier “call upon as authority,” in Old French “call (to court), advocate, plead (a case),” from Latin advocare “call to” as a witness (see advocate).

Avouch, which is no longer in common use, means guarantee, solemnly aver, prove by assertion, maintain the truth or existence of, vouch for …. Avow means own publicly to, make no secret of, not shrink from admitting, acknowledge one’s responsibility for …. Vouch is now common only in the phrase vouch for, which has taken the place of avouch in ordinary use, & means pledge one’s word for …. [Fowler]

Related: Avouched; avouching.

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