Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To condescend to grant or bestow (a privilege, for example); deign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To graciously give, to condescendingly grant a right, benefit, outcome, etc.; to deign to acknowledge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To condescend; to deign; to yield; to descend or stoop.
  • transitive v. To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow.
  • transitive v. To receive or accept in condescension.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To guarantee as safe; secure; assure.
  • To permit, grant, or bestow: sometimes with implied condescension: as, not to vouchsafe an answer.
  • To receive or accept by way of condescension.
  • To permit; grant; condescend; deign; stoop.

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

  • v. grant in a condescending manner

Etymologies

Middle English vouchen sauf, to warrant as safe : vouchen, to warrant; see vouch + sauf, safe; see safe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Spirit and word vouchsafe to bl/- ess and sanc/- tify these Thy gifts and creatures of Bread and Wine, that they may be unto us the Body and

    Studies in the Book of Common Prayer

  • Because you, of all people on all worlds, and I use the term people loosely, and I grip the term worlds tightly, know that I will never vouchsafe or divulge.

    Self-Destruction, Vol. 1

  • It was not sufficient, he thought, for government to protect our rights if it was to vouchsafe our pursuit of happiness.

    America's Enduring Ideal

  • Why, one would almost think that the SPD had brutally murdered socialist leaders fifteen years earlier in a vain attempt to vouchsafe their own base of political power.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Real German Resistance to Hitler: The Social Democrats

  • Releasing more bailout funds will require the International Monetary Fund and European institutions to vouchsafe that Greece has not fallen short of its privatization and austerity pledges and the IMF will have to maintain that Greece's mountainous debt burden is sustainable.

    Move Buys Time for Greece, But Growing Debt Looms

  • But if Mr. Coleman is any indication, some GOP elites will dump this political slogan when a faculty member shows up to vouchsafe her new respect for their moderation and realism.

    With Friends Like Romney's . . .

  • I wondered as to where the assistant was located whose duty it was to take down whatever information I might loudly vouchsafe.

    JOHNNY UPRIGHT

  • Then Ajax, at his wits 'end, cries: Zeus, Father, yet save thou Achaia's sons from beneath the gloom,/And make clear day, and vouchsafe unto us with our eyes to see!

    On the Sublime

  • Since then I've come to believe in Barack Obama even more strongly as I've watched him struggle to provide healthcare for tens of millions of American children, women and men at risk for bankruptcy, unrelieved suffering, even premature death because they lacked the healthcare protection that every civilized society should vouchsafe for its citizens.

    The Moral Measure of Obama's Presidency

  • And nothing drives the nail further into the proverbial coffin than Phil Angell, Director of Corporate Communications when he gushed to the New York Times: "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe biotech food, our interest is in selling as much of it as possible."

    Printing: Consumers Beware: Monsanto Is A Global Multinational Biotech-Killer

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    January 22, 2010

  • "The doctor has his eccentricities & recounts them gladly for a dram of Portuguese pisco (never to excess), but I vouchsafe he is the only other gentleman on this latitude east of Sydney & west of Valparaiso" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 005.3).

    January 22, 2010