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avowed

[uh-voud]
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adjective
  1. acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy.

Origin of avowed

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at avow, -ed2
Related formsa·vow·ed·ly [uh-vou-id-lee] /əˈvaʊ ɪd li/, adverba·vow·ed·ness, nounself-a·vowed, adjectiveun·a·vowed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unavowed

Historical Examples

  • Yes, that indeed was his unavowed dream, the ambition he dared not confess to himself.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Or did she mean that there was some cause, unavowed but not unimaginable, why she should desire them more?

    Dust

    Julian Hawthorne

  • Her pursuit of a man, unavowed, bold, is the story of the play.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker

  • The unavowed desire implanted by nature enters into his conscience.

  • The extent of unavowed or unconscious scepticism far exceeds that which is openly avowed or consciously felt.