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disavow

[dis-uh-vou] /ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate:
He disavowed the remark that had been attributed to him.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English disavouen, desavouen < Anglo-French, Old French desavouer. See dis-1, avow
Related forms
disavowedly, adverb
disavower, noun
Synonyms
deny, reject, disclaim.
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Examples for disavowed
  • So it could be used by a noisy group he would have disavowed for their tactics and there's nothing anyone could say about it.
  • It is only disavowed by those attempting to hijack the curriculum to a theistic base.
  • She will not consent to have it hidden or disavowed.
  • Come on, he does not owe her an apology, and nor do his remarks need to be disavowed.
  • Some of the recantations seemed to have been extorted and were later disavowed.
  • She immediately disavowed herself from this budget due to its harsh effects on vulnerable citizens.
  • Both plaintiffs and the state defendants have disavowed the harms identified by proponents.
  • Through counsel they answered the complaint and disavowed any claim to the policy proceeds.
  • Authorities concerned with the welfare of children have disavowed the loosely drawn statutes against contributing to delinquency.
  • He disavowed his previous statement because he said that he was under the influence at the time he gave it.
British Dictionary definitions for disavowed

disavow

/ˌdɪsəˈvaʊ/
verb
1.
(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 disavowed
disavow
late 14c., from dis- "opposite of" (see dis-) + avow. Related: Disavowed.
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