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[dis-ohn] /dɪsˈoʊn/
verb (used with object)
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
First recorded in 1610-20; dis-1 + own
Related forms
disownment, noun
disclaim, disavow, reject, abjure. Unabridged
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  • Do you mean, I said, that you disown the love of the person whom he says that you love?

    Lysis Plato
  • "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
  • It was; he chose to disown her; to meet her without even a hand held out!

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • From that time he thought fit to disown your humble servant.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • The present duty was to disown and withstand his son in law.

British Dictionary definitions for disown


(transitive) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
Derived Forms
disowner, noun
disownment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disown

1620s; see dis- + own (v.). Related: Disowned; disowning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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