disavow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disavow refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with "Her husband disavowed her after 30 years of marriage and six children"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disavow 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."
    • Disavow 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disavow To disown; disclaim knowledge of, responsibility for, or connection with; repudiate; deny concurrence in or approval of; refuse to own or acknowledge; disclaim.
    • disavow To deny; disprove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disavow dis-a-vow′ to disclaim knowledge of, sanction of, or connection with: to disown: to deny
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Quotations

  • William Cowper
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    “Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. désavouer,; pref. dés-,L. dis,-) + avouer, to avow. See Avow, and cf. Disavouch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desavouer, des—L. dis, away, avouer, to avow.

Usage

In literature:

The Ministry had disavowed this view, but Lord John had remained in office.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
Free-will they one way disavow, Another, nothing else allow.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
These to a man disavowed any such hard-and-fast rule.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Fremont disavowed by Lincoln and the administration.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
In laying them before the English public, we disavow all idea of calumniating an entire class of Spanish society.
"Roman Catholicism in Spain" by Anonymous
Mary would not disavow her claim to Elizabeth's crown, nor would she directly assert it.
"Queen Elizabeth" by Jacob Abbott
This attitude was comprehensible, for a disavowal meant a repudiation of his submarine policy.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
If I fail, Krassin disavows me.
"Invasion" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He disavowed it, disowned it.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Disavowal was useless: a new prophet had arisen in Israel.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
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In poetry:

Great, great, great, art Thou,
Undivided greatness Thine:
Other gods we disavow;
None but Thee we own divine.
"God is One" by John Bowring
Man disavows, and Deity disowns me:
Hell might afford my miseries a shelter;
Therefore Hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all
Bolted against me.
"Lines Written During A Period Of Insanity" by William Cowper
With empire and with treason
The first right hand made fast,
But in man's nobler season
To put forth help the last,
Love turns from thee, and memory disavows thy past.
"A Marching Song" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Ah! where is He? Ah! where are they, who once
On Carmel's mount invok'd the living God?
Where do they wander, of the world despis'd,
Of Him who lov'd them spurn'd and disavow'd?
"Israel's Prayer" by Caroline Fry
While he thus lives, in secret bless'd,
Above him in the clouds doth rest
An oak-wreath, verdant and sublime,
Placed on his brow in after-time;
While they are banish'd to the slough,
Who their great master disavow.
"Explanation Of An Ancient Woodcut" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

But in 1994, at 15, I disavowed Pearl Jam as my spread, though they were still on the toast of the town.
AUSTIN — A report ripping the new social studies standards for schoolchildren offers recommendations for how teachers can best skirt its shortcomings — although a state agency responsible for the group that produced the study disavows it.
Richard Gere and Topher Grace better off if knowledge of this mission were disavowed.
Jewish Republicans are lining up to disavow one of their party's congressional candidates.
Kwame Brown disavows aggressive tweets from his account .
Kwame Brown disavows aggressive tweets from his account.
GOP Senate group aided Todd Akin despite disavowal.
Despite disavowal, GOP Senate group aided Akin.
GOP Senate group aided Akin despite disavowal.
Despite disavowal, GOP Senate group aided Akin .
Republicans gave $760K to Akin campaign despite disavowal.
Crystal Bridges disavows Web spoof.
Was it a change of heart or a political calculation that led him to disavow the staunch opposition he voiced to requiring insurance purchases in 2008.
Teen's Refusal to Disavow Marriage Equality Cost Him Communion .
Teen's Refusal to Disavow Marriage Equality Cost Him Confirmation .
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In science:

B3 disavows the use of constant acceleration.
Comment on 'Frozen time in hyperbolic spacetime motion'
The Ohio State University disavows any responsibility for the information contained herein.
How long should an astronomical paper be to increase its Impact?
Indeed, the CT formalism has been disavowed even by its authors.
q-Thermodynamics: First law for quasi-stationary states
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