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[dis-uh-vou] /ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ/
verb (used with object)
to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate:
He disavowed the remark that had been attributed to him.
Origin of disavow
1350-1400; Middle English disavouen, desavouen < Anglo-French, Old French desavouer. See dis-1, avow
Related forms
disavowedly, adverb
disavower, noun
deny, reject, disclaim. Unabridged
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  • Judicial nominees, meanwhile, scrambled to disavow positions they had taken before the society.
  • The university can disavow him publicly, of course, while still affirming the worth of tenure.
  • For it to disavow its regulatory lusts would be a prodigious act of self-denial.
  • But, if you are captured or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of this post.
  • In the name of reconciliation, politicians disavow the militias that once killed on their behalf.
  • But to disavow all bumping as being impossible based on this uncertainty seems to miss the danger which bumping can pose.
  • The authorities mendaciously claimed that he has been released, a tactic that helps them disavow responsibility.
  • Although she never once expressed regret, she did seem to disavow any active choice in the matter.
  • It's about life in hipster enclaves, and the self-consciousness that makes hipsters desperately disavow the label.
  • Which is why some will want to disavow objective facts.
British Dictionary definitions for disavow


(transitive) to deny knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for
Derived Forms
disavowal, noun
disavowedly, adverb
disavower, noun
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Word Origin and History for disavow

late 14c., from Old French desavouer (13c.), from des- "opposite of" (see dis-) + avouer (see avow). Related: Disavowed; disavowing.

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