Vouchsafe

To vouchsafe is to condescend to grant something.

These writers the word in its traditional sense:

At last I am at liberty to vouchsafe to you the dozen rules in reading a political column. [NY Times]

We note that the true Prince of Darkness, Dick Cheney, has been dutifully silent, and conspicuously absent, during the recent national security festivities, to vouchsafe the limelight to Junior. [Register]

The condescension is key. Vouchsafe is not merely a synonym of grant. For example, this writer would do well to use grant instead of vouchsafe:

Yet, Western Civilization vouchsafes right of dissent, by Western values if not always by action. [San Francisco Sentinel]

Nor is vouchsafe a synonym of vouch for. These writers obviously mean that instead of vouchsafe:

Agriculture ministers from both sides have agreed that Russian and Polish vets will sign a memorandum to vouchsafe the quality of the Polish meat. [euronews]

Kerry predictably has sent his Jewish political allies to vouchsafe for his pro-Israel bona fides. [Jewish Journal]

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