vouchsafe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vouchsafe grant in a condescending manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vouchsafe To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow. "If ye vouchsafe that it be so.""Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or two?""It is not said by the apostle that God vouchsafed to the heathens the means of salvation."
    • v. i Vouchsafe To condescend; to deign; to yield; to descend or stoop. "Vouchsafe , O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.""Vouchsafe , illustrious Ormond, to behold
      What power the charms of beauty had of old."
    • Vouchsafe To receive or accept in condescension.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vouchsafe To guarantee as safe; secure; assure.
    • vouchsafe To permit, grant, or bestow: sometimes with implied condescension: as, not to vouchsafe an answer.
    • vouchsafe To receive or accept by way of condescension.
    • vouchsafe To permit; grant; condescend; deign; stoop.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vouchsafe vowch-sāf to vouch or warrant safe: to sanction or allow without danger: to condescend to grant
    • v.i Vouchsafe to condescend
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Quotations

  • Martin Luther
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    “So our Lord God commonly gave riches to those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Vouch, + safe, that is, to vouch or answer for safety

Usage

In literature:

The troops throughout remained silent, and vouchsafed no reply.
"The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by Sir Winston S. Churchill
Let us offer up thanks that He has graciously vouchsafed to warn us through the words of His servant.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He hasn't even vouchsafed me a letter.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But I keep my mind still open to instruction, if any one will vouchsafe to bestow it on me.
"An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" by David Hume
He vouchsafed her no answer, but made a pretence of again being engrossed with his papers.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
My uncle has vouchsafed to answer me.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Let us now endeavour to make the most of the blessings which the Divine favour vouchsafes to us.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327" by Various
Melody comes of Heaven, and is a gift vouchsafed to all generations, and all kinds of men.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 18, July 30, 1870" by Various
I have myself been seeking all my life for the audience now happily vouchsafed me.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
Sometimes the uninformed brain is vouchsafed a gleam of unconscious genius.
"The Postmaster's Daughter" by Louis Tracy
To those who have vouchsafed for us the permanence of the higher ideals of humanity and civilization.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
The assembled throng fell down at his feet, and gave thanks to God, who had vouchsafed to them such a teacher.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
The clock at San Fernando immediately vouchsafed the information that it was nine o'clock.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
I think it is vouchsafed me through the efficacy of earnest prayer, which has brought me to resignation to my Lord's will.
"Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel" by John Yeardley
Would I vouchsafe to say, whether I approved of his compliment to Lord M. or not?
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Then I and my companion went to our prayers, and we vowed to celebrate many masses in honour of the Holy Virgin, if she would vouchsafe us a wind.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. I" by Robert Kerr
Yet if you vouchsafe me that, replied he, kissing her hard, I never shall complain.
"The Fortunate Foundlings" by Eliza Fowler Haywood
By the time he had walked up and down the deserted alley three or four times light was vouchsafed to him and, shivering slightly, he found his own door and went to bed.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
Bagwax vouchsafed to make him no reply.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
And that opportunity had been vouchsafed.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
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In poetry:

Ere thy words were few and broken
As they answered back to mine,
Ere my lips had power to thank thee
For the gift vouchsafed by thine.
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Chloris! yourself you so excel,
When you vouchsafe to breathe my thought,
That, like a spirit, with this spell
Of my own teaching, I am taught.
"To a Lady Singing a Song of His Composing" by Edmund Waller
Blest Thee in One and One in Three,
Almighty God, we pray to Thee,
That Thou wouldst now vouchsafe to bless
Our fast with fruits of righteousness.
"O Christ, Who Art the Light and Day" by Augusta Treverorum
Still to a gracious Providence
The thanks of grateful hearts are due,
For blessings when our lives were new,
For all the good vouchsafed us since.
"The Reunion" by John Greenleaf Whittier
When faithless ones forsake thy wing,
Be it vouchsafed thee still to see
Thy true, fond nurslings closer cling,
Cling closer to their Lord and thee.
"St. Luke" by John Keble
Since God has now vouchsaf'd the same
In our own tongue — O let's not waste
Our time, but all attempt, for shame,
To read it, with the utmost haste.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard