- to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
Origin of avow
Examples from the Web for avow
And if they refuse to so avow, suddenly finding themselves with a challenge from the right?
And if they do so avow—well, the worst scenario is as follows.
It is wise, and may be useful, on all proper occasions, to avow our convictions.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
All mankind are like us, but they have not the candour to avow it.'Barnaby Rudge
As it was, I found it impossible to avow the one without the other.Bardelys the Magnificent
He was forced to avow the wisdom of my counsel, and to be guided by it.The Suitors of Yvonne
I have at least reached the point in life where men not only have convictions but avow them.'Lord Kilgobbin
- to state or affirm
- to admit openly
- law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
Word Origin and History for avow
early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector (Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.