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disavow

[ dis-uh-vou ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ /
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verb (used with object)

to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate: He disavowed the remark that had been attributed to him.

RELATED WORDS

impugn, repudiate, contradict, disclaim, forswear, disown, deny, welsh, abjure, refuse, negative, renege, negate, disallow, gainsay

Nearby words

disassortative mating, disaster, disaster area, disaster capitalism, disastrous, disavow, disavowal, disband, disbar, disbelief, disbelieve

Origin of disavow

1350–1400; Middle English disavouen, desavouen < Anglo-French, Old French desavouer. See dis-1, avow
SYNONYMS FOR disavow
Related formsdis·a·vow·ed·ly, adverbdis·a·vow·er, noun
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disavow

/ (ˌdɪsəˈvaʊ) /

verb

(tr) to deny knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for
Derived Formsdisavowal, noundisavowedly, adverbdisavower, noun
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Word Origin and History for disavow

disavow


v.

late 14c., from Old French desavouer (13c.), from des- "opposite of" (see dis-) + avouer (see avow). Related: Disavowed; disavowing.

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