un avowed


acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy.

1300–50; Middle English; see avow, -ed2

avowedly [uh-vou-id-lee] , adverb
avowedness, noun
self-avowed, adjective
unavowed, adjective
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early 13c., from O.Fr. avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector, from L. advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowal.
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