Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To declare the provable truth or validity of; affirm: She avouched that she herself was innocent.
  • transitive v. To corroborate or confirm; vouch for: Has this report been avouched?
  • transitive v. To accept responsibility for (an action, for example); acknowledge.
  • transitive v. To avow; confess.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To freely and openly admit.
  • v. To confess.
  • v. To confirm or verify, to affirm the validity of.
  • n. evidence; declaration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Evidence; declaration.
  • transitive v. To appeal to; to cite or claim as authority.
  • transitive v. To maintain a just or true; to vouch for.
  • transitive v. To declare or assert positively and as matter of fact; to affirm openly.
  • transitive v. To acknowledge deliberately; to admit; to confess; to sanction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To affirm or acknowledge openly; declare or assert with positiveness; proclaim.
  • To admit, confess, or avow.
  • To maintain, vindicate, or justify; make good; answer for; establish; guarantee; substantiate.
  • To appeal to, or cite as proof or warrant: as, to avouch the authorities on any subject.
  • To give assurance or guaranty; vouch: as, “I can avouch for her reputation,”
  • n. Evidence; testimony; assurance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about

Etymologies

Middle English avouchen, to cite as a warrant, from Old French avochier, from Latin advocāre, to summon; see advocate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French avouchier, from Latin advocāre, present active infinitive of advocō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Duke had now recovered his breath, and was able to sit up and give attention to what passed betwixt Dunois and Crawford, while the former pleaded eagerly that there was no occasion to mention in the matter the name of the most noble Orleans, while he was ready to take the whole blame on his own shoulders, and to avouch that the Duke had only come thither in friendship to him.

    Quentin Durward

  • We do not hear you avouch your own knowledge of this matter, further than your belief resting upon the demeanour of this hound towards the Marquis of Montserrat.

    The Talisman

  • They avouch that every element and different state of being have animals resembling those of another element, as there be fishes at sea resembling Monks of late order in all their hoods and dresses, so as the Roman invention of good and bad daemons and guardian angels particularly assigned, is called by them ane ignorant mistake, springing only from this originall.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • “There can be no better rede, and we will all avouch it,” said the citizens.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • “I will be open with you, my father — bid these men stand out of ear-shot, and I will tell you all I know of this mysterious business; and muse not, good father, though it may pass thy wit to expound it, for I avouch to you it is too dark for mine own.”

    The Monastery

  • Then the Kazi bade silence the women and said to the prisoner, “These folk avouch that thou didst enter their dwelling-house and steal their goods: belike thou stolest less than a quarter dinar221?”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then Affan and Bulukiya fared on for the hills where grew the herbs; and, as they went about with the Queen, each plant they passed began to speak and avouch its virtues by permission of Allah the Most High.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Fear makes our imagination conceive what it list, invites the devil to come to us, as [1667] Agrippa and Cardan avouch, and tyranniseth over our phantasy more than all other affections, especially in the dark.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Ne'er shall woman avouch herself so rightly beloved,

    Poems and Fragments

  •     Hewn, so stories avouch, in a mountain's kernel; an hero

    Poems and Fragments

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