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disown

[dis-ohn] /dɪsˈoʊn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to oneself; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; repudiate; renounce:
to disown one's heirs; to disown a published statement.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; dis-1 + own
Related forms
disownment, noun
Synonyms
disclaim, disavow, reject, abjure.
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  • Borrowers' freedom to disown their bad housing investments means the housing slump feeds on itself.
  • If reincarnated, he would probably disown attempts to use his own precepts for either censure or praise of contemporary movements.
  • They promise you everything while on active duty and then disown you when you retire.
  • Such companies evade unpaid fines and disown their previous enforcement records.
British Dictionary definitions for disown

disown

/dɪsˈəʊn/
verb
1.
(transitive) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
Derived Forms
disowner, noun
disownment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disown
v.

1620s; see dis- + own (v.). Related: Disowned; disowning.

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