- to refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to oneself; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; repudiate; renounce: to disown one's heirs; to disown a published statement.
Origin of disown
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disclaim, disavow, reject, abjure.
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Examples from the Web for disown
He helped win the Cold War for a country that he would probably now disown more than ever.George Kennan by John Lewis Gaddis: A Review
December 9, 2011
When Clive Goodman was jailed for phone hacking back in 2007, his employers were quick to disown him.Murdoch’s Damning Letter
August 16, 2011
Do you mean, I said, that you disown the love of the person whom he says that you love?Lysis
"Of you," said I, blushing, and trying to disown the personality.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
She longed, with a face glowing with indignation, to disown him—in word and deed.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
I'll bet my pile she'd disown you, if she knew you turned your back on a woman.
She does not disown you in your sorrow no, not even in your guilt.The Lady of Lyons
Edward Bulwer Lytton
- (tr) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
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Word Origin and History for disown
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