Disavow definition

dĭsə-vou
Disavow is defined as to deny any association or responsibility.

If you disinherit your child and say that he is no longer your son, this is an example of when you disavow him.

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To disclaim knowledge of, responsibility for, or association with.
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To assert to be wrong or of little value.
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To deny any knowledge or approval of, or responsibility for; disclaim; disown.
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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.

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To deny; to show the contrary of; to disprove.

Because of her dissatisfaction, she now disavows the merits of fascism.

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Origin of disavow

  • Middle English disavowen from Old French desavouer des- dis- avouer to avow avow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From dis- + avow or from Old French desavouer.

    From Wiktionary