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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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  • 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.


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

    The Man Who Laughs

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

  • The passion with which van den Ende's daughter had agitated him had been wisely mastered, unavowed.

  • The importance of this unavowed connection will be seen later when he made it his business to bring about English intervention.

  • The sciences which are in any peculiar sense modern take as an (unavowed) postulate the fact of consecutive change.

  • We were fighting to liberate the world from diplomatic autocracies using their peoples for unknown and unavowed purposes.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • By which we are shown that though the theory forbids overt recognition of causation, there is an unavowed recognition of it.

    The Data of Ethics

    Herbert Spencer

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