to make frank acknowledgment or affirmation of; declare or assert with positiveness.
to assume responsibility for; vouch for; guarantee.
to admit; confess.
However, said he, if this which he avouches be true, let us arm and out.
The Chautauquan, Vol. III, March 1883 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
As the Old Testament avouches they grew to be a mighty nation, distinguished in certain respects from all other peoples.
The Vitality of Mormonism–Brief Essays James E. Talmage
It will do so, he avouches, with a gentle blue flame of great beauty and serenity.
Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
Villemarqu avouches that this version was taken down by his mother from the lips of an old peasant woman of the parish of Nvez.
Legends & Romances of Brittany Lewis Spence
verb (transitive) (archaic)
to vouch for; guarantee
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.
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances. Contemporary Examples And if they refuse to so avow, suddenly finding themselves with a challenge from the right? Impeaching Obama May Be Absurd, but That Won’t Stop the Right-Wing Fringe Michael Tomasky August 27, 2013 And if they […]
an open statement of affirmation; frank acknowledgment or admission. Historical Examples He could not find words with which to make his avowal or to present his appeal. Miss Billy Eleanor H. Porter The very fact that they come to us for help is an avowal of their honesty. Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus Jessie […]
acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy. to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances. Contemporary Examples An avowed liberal, he seeks to explain his critique of conservatives in psychology and biology. David’s Book Club David Frum February 20, 2012 He is, in short, an avowed foe of […]
acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy. Contemporary Examples The endgame for Hamas, avowedly in both word and deed, is Jewish genocide. Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story Thane Rosenbaum July 9, 2014 Domestically, the former governor offers an avowedly nationalistic agenda, focused on American self-sufficiency. Iowa Frontrunner Mike Huckabee Talks to The Daily Beast Lloyd Green […]