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[uh-voud] /əˈvaʊd/
acknowledged; declared:
an avowed enemy.
Origin of avowed
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at avow, -ed2
Related forms
[uh-vou-id-lee] /əˈvaʊ ɪd li/ (Show IPA),
avowedness, noun
self-avowed, adjective
unavowed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • All these thoughts, avowedly or unconsciously, returned to him.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • We avowedly follow not the truth but the will of the many (compare Republic).

    Phaedrus Plato
  • But he was overwhelmed with shame for her because she was avowedly what she was.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The tariff bill presented in 1824 was avowedly a protective measure.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • At first all used it avowedly as French, writing it in italics to indicate this.

    English Past and Present Richard Chevenix Trench
  • If we were bound to do it, we were bound to do it avowedly and above-board.

  • In England the principle has never been avowedly applied at all.

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