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Meaning of DISAVOW

Pronunciation:  `disu'vaw

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with; "Her husband disavowed her after 30 years of marriage and six children"

DISAVOW is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Antonyms: avouch, avow
 See Also: deny



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis`a*vow"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disavowed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Disavowing}.] [F. d['e]savouer; pref. d['e]s- (L.
dis-) + avouer to avow. See {Avow}, and cf. {Disavouch}.]
1. To refuse strongly and solemnly to own or acknowledge; to
   deny responsibility for, approbation of, and the like; to
   disclaim; to disown; as, he was charged with embezzlement,
   but he disavows the crime.

         A solemn promise made and disavowed.  --Dryden.

2. To deny; to show the contrary of; to disprove.

         Yet can they never Toss into air the freedom of my
         birth, Or disavow my blood Plantagenet's. --Ford.

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