avouch


avouch
avouch, avow, vouch
Avouch, meaning ‘to assure, guarantee, acknowledge’ and overlapping with avow, can be found in the Bible (AV), Spenser, Marlowe, Milton, Byron, and Thackeray, but despite these fine credentials is no longer in general use. Avow is still in use and means ‘to declare (a belief, one's faith, an intention, etc.)’. Vouch is restricted to the phrase to vouch for (somebody or something), as in I can vouch for them and I can vouch for their honesty.

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  • avouch — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. avochier call upon as authority, in Old French call (to court), advocate, plead (a case), from L. advocare call to as a witness (see ADVOCATE (Cf. advocate)). Avouch, which is no longer in common use, means guarantee,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • avouch — avouch·ment; dis·avouch; avouch; …   English syllables

  • Avouch — A*vouch , n. Evidence; declaration. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The sensible and true avouch Of mine own eyes. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Avouch — A*vouch , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avouched} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Avouching}.] [OF. avochier, LL. advocare to recognize the existence of a thing, to advocate, fr. L. advocare to call to; ad + vocare to call. Cf. {Avow} to declare, {Advocate}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avouch — I (avow) verb acknowledge, affirm, affirm with confidence, allege, allege as a fact, assert, assert peremptorily, assert positively, assert under oath, asseverate, attest, aver, bear witness, certify, confirm, confirm by oath, contend, declare,… …   Law dictionary

  • avouch — aver, affirm, avow, profess, declare, *assert, protest, warrant, predicate Analogous words: *confirm, corroborate Contrasted words: gainsay, contradict, *deny, negative, traverse, impugn …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • avouch — [ə vouch′] vt. [ME avouchen < OFr avochier, to affirm positively < L advocare: see ADVOCATE] 1. to vouch for; guarantee 2. to declare the truth of; assert; affirm 3. to acknowledge openly; avow SYN. ASSERT avouchment n …   English World dictionary

  • avouch — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to cite as authority, from Middle French avochier to summon, from Latin advocare more at advocate Date: 15th century 1. to declare as a matter of fact or as a thing that can be proved ; affirm 2. to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • avouch — avoucher, n. avouchment, n. /euh vowch /, v.t. 1. to make frank acknowledgment or affirmation of; declare or assert with positiveness. 2. to assume responsibility for; vouch for; guarantee. 3. to admit; confess. [1350 1400; ME avouchen < MF… …   Universalium

  • avouch — verb a) To freely and openly admit. b) To confess …   Wiktionary