- acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy.
Origin of avowed
- to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
Origin of avow
Examples from the Web for avowed
An avowed creationist who consults for a food lobby hardly seems an appropriate choice to fulfill these criteria.The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet
Dr. Barbara H. Roberts
May 22, 2014
Should an avowed Marxist professor whose field of study is the 0.01 percent therefore be paid $15,000,000 a year?That’s All a Nobel Prize Winner Gets Paid?
April 18, 2014
And it may cease to be a worry at all if the avowed opponents of stop-and-frisk have their way.Antiq Hennis’s Bloody Stroller Shames New York City Mayor’s Race
September 4, 2013
A dishy book from an avowed sociopath has stirred up an awkward debate: perhaps all of us have a bit of the personality disorder.How to Spot a Sociopath (Hint: It Could Be You)
June 25, 2013
His avowed goal had once been to get his American citizenship by boxing for the U.S. Olympic team and then turn pro.Boston Suspects Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, From Boxing to Bombs
April 20, 2013
Nor were they wrong, for such is the avowed aim of the "Forward Policy."The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
I have avowed them with an earnestness that I believe is without example: and why?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
But truly, as he avowed, he was entering the fifth lustrum beyond it.The Book of Khalid
Take some of the avowed sublimities of the Rev. Mr. Cumming.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
Incidentally, they were avowed friends of the former electrician, Parker.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- to state or affirm
- to admit openly
- law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
Word Origin and History for avowed
early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector (Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.