verb (used with object)
Origin of avouch
Examples from the Web for avouches
Villemarqu avouches that this version was taken down by his mother from the lips of an old peasant woman of the parish of Nvez.Legends & Romances of Brittany|Lewis Spence
As the Old Testament avouches they grew to be a mighty nation, distinguished in certain respects from all other peoples.The Vitality of Mormonism--Brief Essays|James E. Talmage
It will do so, he avouches, with a gentle blue flame of great beauty and serenity.Plum Pudding|Christopher Morley
However, said he, if this which he avouches be true, let us arm and out.The Chautauquan, Vol. III, March 1883|The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
British Dictionary definitions for avouches
verb (tr) archaic
Word Origin for avouch
Word Origin and History for avouches
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.