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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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  • Mr. Rochester, allow me to disown my first answer: I intended no pointed repartee: it was only a blunder.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • From that time he thought fit to disown your humble servant.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Nothing more decidedly marked the crisis which had arrived, than the fact that every one hastened to disown railways.

  • The present duty was to disown and withstand his son in law.

  • For the future we disown both, and wish to be steady in our proceedings, and serious in our punishments.

  • Some one informed his father, who threatened to disown him if he married her.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • Are you so disappointed in me, you are going to disown me now?

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
  • It did not occur to this young lady to try to disown the substitute.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
British Dictionary definitions for disown


(transitive) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
Derived Forms
disowner, noun
disownment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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