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[uh-vou-uh l] /əˈvaʊ əl/
an open statement of affirmation; frank acknowledgment or admission.
Origin of avowal
1720-30; avow + -al2
Related forms
preavowal, noun
reavowal, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He could not find words with which to make his avowal or to present his appeal.

    Miss Billy Eleanor H. Porter
  • Mr. Grey was struck with the simplicity and fulness of the avowal.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The old man's avowal of loyalty was taken for what it was worth.

  • The queen-mother could not have been surprised at this avowal.

  • But, though the heartiness of this avowal was grateful to him, he could not repress his surprise at it.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
  • I know that this avowal is abrupt to you, but it is not to me.

  • She made no answer, but it was easy to perceive that my avowal had not displeased her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • She had hoped to hear an avowal of love from Mrs. Quirk's guest.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • Had Geoffrey come to claim her on the strength of her own avowal?

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Was she not instructed to seize the moment to force him into an avowal which prudence must repent?

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
Word Origin and History for avowal

1727, from avow + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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