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[uh-voud] /əˈvaʊd/
acknowledged; declared:
an avowed enemy.
Origin of avowed
1300-50; Middle English; see avow, -ed2
Related forms
[uh-vou-id-lee] /əˈvaʊ ɪd li/ (Show IPA),
avowedness, noun
self-avowed, adjective
unavowed, adjective Unabridged
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  • More disconcerting still, Lady Sarah was avowedly happy with her baronet-husband.

  • All these thoughts, avowedly or unconsciously, returned to him.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • She has been put into an avowedly trying position, and does not deserve hard judgment for not being happy in it.

    The Three Brides Charlotte M. Yonge
  • But he was overwhelmed with shame for her because she was avowedly what she was.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The Roman Catholics in general are avowedly for the measure.

    Is Ulster Right? Anonymous
  • The tariff bill presented in 1824 was avowedly a protective measure.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • avowedly he was ready to lay the time-honored principles of civil right and the ancient law at the feet of the Slave Power.

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