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Sep 9, 2014
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Verbs

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disaffect
vouchsafe
disabuse
promulgate
dissuade

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vouchsafe

PRONUNCIATION:
(vouch-SAYF)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To grant or give something as if as a favor.
verb intr.: To condescend.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via French, from Latin vocare (to call) + salvus (whole, intact). Earliest documented use: 1303.

USAGE:
"Is Homo sapiens the only species vouchsafed to be in the afterlife club?"
Jeremie Harris; Soul Searching: When Did We Become So Special?; Skeptic (Altadena, California); Issue 2, 2014.

See more usage examples of vouchsafe in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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