verb (used with object)
Origin of avouch
Examples from the Web for avouch
You will think you have made no offence, if the Duke avouch the justice of your dealing?Measure for Measure|William Shakespeare
"There can be no better rede, and we will all avouch it," said the citizens.The Fair Maid of Perth|Sir Walter Scott
This Zeno will avouch for me, and Crato too, who confine sick persons to a fish diet, as of all others the lightest sort of meat.Essays and Miscellanies|Plutarch
The first words he uttered were, "Bear me where ye will, I will avouch the deed!"Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
Upon which principle I also avouch all Mr. T.'s charges, as I hear them and consent to their publication.Discussion on American Slavery|George Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for avouch
verb (tr) archaic
Word Origin for avouch
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.