02 February 2009


Now this is a word straight from the Book of Common Prayer, from my Episcopalian pre-1979 childhood. Stoop down, condescend, take a moment from your Heavenly time, your Holy schedule, and do a little favor for one of your faithful, O Lord:

And of thy mercy, O heavenly Father, vouchsafe that we, who now serve thee here on earth, may at last, together with them, be found meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light...


Vouchsafe Vouch*safe", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vouchsafed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Vouchsafing.] [Vouch + safe, that is, to vouch
or answer for safety.]
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1. To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow.
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If ye vouchsafe that it be so. --Chaucer.
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Shall I vouchsafe your worship a word or two?
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It is not said by the apostle that God vouchsafed to
the heathens the means of salvation. --South.
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2. To receive or accept in condescension. [Obs.] --Shak.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Vouchsafe Vouch*safe", v. i.
To condescend; to deign; to yield; to descend or stoop.
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Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin.
--Bk. of Com.
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Vouchsafe, illustrious Ormond, to behold
What power the charms of beauty had of old. --Dryden.
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-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

v 1: grant in a condescending manner
2: promise or agree condescendingly, as a special favor

-- From WordNet (r) 2.0

69 Moby Thesaurus words for "vouchsafe":
OK, accord, administer, admit, afford, allot, allow, award, bestow,
bestow on, communicate, condescend, confer, consent, deal,
deal out, deign, descend, dish out, dispense, dole, dole out,
donate, extend, fork out, gift, gift with, give, give freely,
give leave, give out, give permission, give the go-ahead,
give the word, give up, grant, hand out, heap, help to, impart,
issue, lavish, leave, let, let have, lower oneself, make possible,
mete, mete out, offer, okay, permit, pour, present, proffer, rain,
release, render, say the word, serve, shell out, shower, slip,
snow, stoop, suffer, supply, tender, yield

-- From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0

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