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Vouchsafe (verb active)

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To Vouchsa'fe. v.a. [vouch and safe.]

  1. To permit any thing to be done without danger.

  2. To condescend to grant.

    He grew content to mark their speeches, then marvel at such wit in shepherds, after to like their company, and lastly to vouchsafe conference. Sidney.

    Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or two? ——
    — Two thousand, fair woman, and I'll
    Vouchsafe thee hearing.

    But if the sense of touch seem such delight
    Beyond all other, think the same vouchsaf'd
    To cattle and each beast.

    It is not said by the apostle, that God vouchsafed to the heathens the means of salvation; and yet I will not affirm that God will save none of those, to whom the sound of the gospel never reached. South's Sermons.

Sources: Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Milton, John (449) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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