avowed

[uh-voud]

adjective

acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy.

Nearby words

  1. avon,
  2. avon lake,
  3. avouch,
  4. avow,
  5. avowal,
  6. avowry,
  7. avram,
  8. avruga,
  9. avulse,
  10. avulsed wound

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

avow

[uh-vou]

verb (used with object)

to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.

Origin of avow

1150–1200; Middle English avowen < Old French avoue(r) < Latin advocāre. See advocate

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British Dictionary definitions for avowed

avow

verb (tr)

to state or affirm
to admit openly
law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
Derived Forms

Word Origin for avow

C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate

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Word Origin and History for avowed

avow

v.

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.

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