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 see {Vouch}, v. t.] 1. To appeal to; to cite or claim as authority. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They avouch many successions of authorities. --Coke. [1913 Webster]

2. To maintain a just or true; to vouch for. [1913 Webster]

We might be disposed to question its authenticity, it if were not avouched by the full evidence. --Milman. [1913 Webster]

3. To declare or assert positively and as matter of fact; to affirm openly. [1913 Webster]

If this which he avouches does appear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Such antiquities could have been avouched for the Irish. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. To acknowledge deliberately; to admit; to confess; to sanction. [1913 Webster]

Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God. --Deut. xxvi. 17. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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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 — 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.… …   Modern English usage

  • 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

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