Origin of disavowMiddle English disavouen from Old French desavoer: see dis- and avow
If you disinherit your child and say that he is no longer your son, this is an example of when you disavow him.
transitive verbdis·a·vowed, dis·a·vow·ing, dis·a·vows
- To disclaim knowledge of, responsibility for, or association with: “The American communists … promoted Roosevelt's reelection in 1944—although Roosevelt formally disavowed their support” ( Donald A. Ritchie )
- To assert to be wrong or of little value: “After 1920 his style changed almost completely, and he disavowed his early works” ( Mary V. Dearborn )
Origin of disavowMiddle English disavowen from Old French desavouer des- dis- avouer to avow ; see avow .
(third-person singular simple present disavows, present participle disavowing, simple past and past participle disavowed)
- To refuse strongly and solemnly to own or acknowledge; to deny responsibility for, approbation of, and the like; to disclaim; to disown.
- He was charged with embezzlement, but he disavows the crime.
- To deny; to show the contrary of; to disprove.
- Because of her dissatisfaction, she now disavows the merits of fascism.
From dis- + avow or from Old French desavouer.
- He could not disavow his actions, belauded as they were by half the world, and so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
- Resentment, however, incited him to personal revenge on the Californian government, and an ambition that clearly saw the gravity of the crisis prompted him to improve it unscrupulously for his own advancement, leaving his The government to support or disavow him according as P1 war should come or not.
- When the queen was dead, and some rumours of the kings intentions got abroad, the public indignation was so great that Henry of Richards councillors had to warn him to disavow the Richmond projected marriage, if he wished to retain a single lands at adherenf.
- 25 1916 he took ship with his leading partizans for Crete, whence he sent out his proclamation to the Greek people, calling upon all true patriots to disavow Constantine and his fatal policy and to flock to the standard of the Entente.
- Of Supplinburg, yielded to the papacy, and Lothair, who was elected by the clergy keenest to disavow the policy of Paschal II., was obliged to continue it when he assumed the tiara under the name of Calixtus II.