avowed

[uh-voud]
adjective
acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see avow, -ed2

avowedly [uh-vou-id-lee] , adverb
avowedness, noun
self-avowed, adjective
unavowed, adjective
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avow

[uh-vou]
verb (used with object)
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English avowen < Old French avoue(r) < Latin advocāre. See advocate

avowable, adjective
avower, noun
reavow, verb (used with object)
unavowable, adjective
unavowableness, noun
unavowably, adverb
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avow (əˈvaʊ)
 
vb
1.  to state or affirm
2.  to admit openly
3.  rare law to justify or maintain (some action taken)
 
[C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate]
 
a'vowable
 
adj
 
a'vowal
 
n
 
avowed
 
adj
 
avowedly
 
adv
 
a'vower
 
n

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avow
early 13c., from O.Fr. avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector, from L. advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowal.
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Example sentences
Coming from an avowed and consistent critic, this is high if forced praise.
If the peacekeepers hand them over, their avowed mission to protect civilians could be fatally compromised.
To make matters worse, the protagonist is a laconic introvert of self-avowed mediocrity.
He offered it, as he has himself avowed over and over again, simply to make capital out of it for the stump.
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