• WordNet 3.6
    • v disown cast off "She renounced her husband","The parents repudiated their son"
    • v disown prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disown To refuse to acknowledge or allow; to deny. "Then they, who brother's better claim disown ,
      Expel their parents, and usurp the throne."
    • Disown To refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one's self; to disavow or deny, as connected with one's self personally; as, a parent can hardly disown his child; an author will sometimes disown his writings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disown To refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to one's self; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; not to own or acknowledge; repudiate.
    • disown To deny; not to allow; refuse to admit.
    • disown Specifically, in the Society of Friends, to remove from membership; dismiss.
    • disown Synonyms To disavow, disclaim, disallow, renounce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disown diz-ōn′ to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one's self: to deny: to repudiate, cast off—n. Disown′ment.
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  • William Cowper
    “Man disavows, and Deity disowns me: hell might afford my miseries a shelter; therefore hell keeps her ever-hungry mouths all bolted against me.”


In literature:

It was too small for me now; alas, it seemed to disown me, to have cast me out.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
My parents would disown me for such an act.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
But the land which he loved with a passionate fervor seemed largely to have disowned him.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Believe me, when you disown me, you disown your good fortune.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Her eldest daughter ran away and married a policeman, and is now happy in being disowned by her own mother.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Your science has forever to disown its past.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
A frog would have disowned it.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I'll disown you, I'll disinherit you!
"Standard Selections" by Various
O'Mino is disowned for seven births.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
American humanity hates us, scorns us, disowns and denies, in a thousand ways, our very personality.
"Autographs for Freedom, Volume 2 (of 2) (1854)" by Various
He adored his wife, particularly because his father had disowned her.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
The fact that it has too large a place in your mind to let you disown it and throw it over with a good conscience.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
And shall I coldly from thy arms remove, Blush for my birth-place, and disown my love?
"Béarn and the Pyrenees" by Louisa Stuart Costello
It has hence been concluded that it disowns them, and that it is therefore a science devoid of heart.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
So I left England in a hurry, a disgraced man, disowned by his family and his friends.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
My darkened spirit would hide itself behind a cloud, to escape the villain whom nature disowns and reason abhors.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
I wish, notwithstanding, he had not disowned this noble young lieutenant of ours!
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
To disown your identity, that is not much easier when you come to think of it than to lose your life.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
It was the famous "Declaration of Sanquhar," in which Charles Stuart was publicly disowned.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
Either complete your perjury by disowning the Colonel altogether, or else give up Orrin.
"The Old Stone House and Other Stories" by Anna Katharine Green

In poetry:

"My mother—brothers—who are they?"
Hearest thou, Mary mild?
This is a sword that well may slay—
Disowned by thy child!
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
Still to be in heaven enthroned.
"Savior of the Nations, Come" by Martin Luther
And see, the swallows now disown
The roofs they loved before,
Each, like his tuneful genius, flown
To glad some happier shore.
"Verses, To William Lyttleton, Esq." by William Shenstone
Thus, too oft, our life-work seemeth,
And we, when disowned its sway,
Find we are pursuing phantoms,
Shadows in the twilight gray.
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner
The squatter swore that he’d forgive,
Perhaps, when he forgot her;
But he’d disown her while he’d live,
And while they called him squatter.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
Thro' dreadful nights he lay and moaned,
With none to comfort, no, not one;
He dreamed that he had been disowned
By God Himself, by Christ the Son.
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell

In news:

Guys in truck disown huge cash stash.
Fathers disowning their sons and kicking them out onto the street.
As he wrote in a poem that was not disowned , "In Memory of W. B Yeats," "The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living".
The Memo That Rehnquist Wrote and Had to Disown .
Father's Letter Disowning Gay Son Goes Viral – What Would You Do.
Disowning My 'Big Brother'.
Hawker Beechcraft Disowns Aircraft Mods .
Thank god YouTube was not around when I was a kid, because If I ever taped my mom doing something like this I would have been disowned.
Brooklyn disowns ' treasonous ' resident Knicks fans.
The spiritual leader of Egypt's fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood is urging Egyptians to disown violence, saying that working through the ballot box is the best way to lift the country out of its current political crisis.
Brotherhood leader urges Egyptians to disown violence after deadly clashes.
Will some members of my family have disowned me.
Dad disowned kids over their voting choice.
As adults, we all have the independence to vote as we choose, though my father has disowned us for voting for someone other than his choice.
A gay Ugandan couple fled to a Kenyan refugee camp after being disowned by their families and threatened by their community.

In science:

This processing involves owning or disowning some edges depending upon whether the level of the vertex has risen or fallen.
Fully dynamic maximal matching in O(log n) update time
First, u disowns all its edges whose other endpoint is at level 1.
Fully dynamic maximal matching in O(log n) update time
Here a matched edge of u was deleted and u starts this procedure by disowning all its owned edges whose other endpoint is at level 1.
Fully dynamic maximal matching in O(log n) update time
First we execute the function FA LL ING(v) which does the following. v disowns all its edges whose other endpoint lies at level i.
Fully dynamic maximal matching in O(log n) update time
If v becomes free, v executes the following task (see procedure PROC ESS -FR EE -V ERT IC E S in Figure 7) v scans all edges owned by it, which is less than 2j+1 , and disowns those edges incident from vertices of level j .
Fully dynamic maximal matching in O(log n) update time
For a single fall of v from level i to i − 1, the computation performed involves the following tasks: scanning the edges owned by v , disowning those incident from vertices at level i, incrementing φw values for each neighbor w of v lying at level less than i, and incrementing φv (i) by one.
Fully dynamic maximal matching in O(log n) update time