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 advocāre to call upon ; see advocate .
(third-person singular simple present avows, present participle avowing, simple past and past participle avowed)
- (obsolete) avowal