When a politician admits his guilt to reporters this an example of avow.
- to declare openly or admit frankly
- to acknowledge or claim (oneself) to be: he avowed himself a patriot
Origin of avowMiddle English avowen ; from Old French avouer ; from Classical Latin advocare: see advocate
transitive verba·vowed, a·vow·ing, a·vows
- To acknowledge or declare openly and unashamedly: avowed their faith in the electoral process.
- To state positively; declare: “Various church councils have avowed that evolution poses no threat to supernatural belief” (Frederick C. Crews).
Origin of avowMiddle English avowen, from Old French avouer, from Latin advocare, to call upon; see advocate.
(third-person singular simple present avows, present participle avowing, simple past and past participle avowed)
- (obsolete) avowal