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Vouchsafe (verb neuter)

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To Vouchsa'fe. v.n. To deign; to condescend; to yield.

Do I not see Zelmane, who does not think a thought which is not first weigh'd by wisdom and virtue? doth not she vouchsafe to love me with like ardour? Sidney, b. ii.

Vouchsafe, divine perfection of a woman,
Of these supposed crimes to give me leave
By circumstance but to acquit myself.
Shakesp. Rich. III.

What pow'r the charms of beauty had of old. Dryden.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Vouchsafe (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 27, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19863.


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