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[uh-vou-uh l] /əˈvaʊ əl/
an open statement of affirmation; frank acknowledgment or admission.
Origin of avowal
1720-30; avow + -al2
Related forms
preavowal, noun
reavowal, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He could not find words with which to make his avowal or to present his appeal.

    Miss Billy Eleanor H. Porter
  • The very fact that they come to us for help is an avowal of their honesty.

  • The old man's avowal of loyalty was taken for what it was worth.

  • There was something in the tone of this avowal that made Jan think.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • But, though the heartiness of this avowal was grateful to him, he could not repress his surprise at it.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • In the provinces, to live in another person's house is an avowal of poverty.

  • She made no answer, but it was easy to perceive that my avowal had not displeased her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • On the morning after her avowal it was ten o'clock before Clotilde left her room.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • Had Geoffrey come to claim her on the strength of her own avowal?

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • "I have scarce courage for the avowal," said she, in a low, faint voice.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for avowal

1727, from avow + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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