- to make frank acknowledgment or affirmation of; declare or assert with positiveness.
- to assume responsibility for; vouch for; guarantee.
- to admit; confess.
Origin of avouch
Examples from the Web for avouch
But it is not so, as every well-constituted mind will avouch.Impressions of America
You will think you have made no offence, if the Duke avouch the justice of your dealing?Measure for Measure
Who would not avouch the honesty of John L. Stephens after reading his travels?The Collector
Henry T. Tuckerman
How many young women in Boston can avouch for the truth of this statement?The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
"There can be no better rede, and we will all avouch it," said the citizens.The Fair Maid of Perth
Sir Walter Scott
- to vouch for; guarantee
- to acknowledge
- to assert
Word Origin and History for avouch
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.