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avouch

[uh-vouch] /əˈvaʊtʃ/
verb (used with object)
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.
Origin of avouch
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English avouchen < Middle French avouchier < Latin advocāre. See a-5, vouch, advocate
Related forms
avoucher, noun
avouchment, noun
unavouched, adjective
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  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for avouches

avouch

/əˈvaʊtʃ/
verb (transitive) (archaic)
1.
to vouch for; guarantee
2.
to acknowledge
3.
to assert
Derived Forms
avouchment, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French avochier to summon, call on, from Latin advocāre; see advocate
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Word Origin and History for avouches

avouch

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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