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[ dis-ohn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to oneself; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; repudiate; renounce:

    to disown one's heirs; to disown a published statement.

    Synonyms: abjure, reject, disavow, disclaim


/ dɪsˈəʊn /


  1. tr to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge

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Derived Forms

  • disˈowner, noun
  • disˈownment, noun

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Other Words From

  • dis·ownment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disown1

First recorded in 1610–20; dis- 1 + own

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Example Sentences

He’d love for the outdoor industry to embrace its partnership with oil and gas, not disavow or disown it.

Yes, Kim showed that you could film a sex tape and still go on to a mainstream career, following in the footsteps of her former boss Paris Hilton, but she could only accomplish this feat because someone “leaked” her sex tape, and she disowned it.

Not that she disowned her claim Thursday that no plane had struck the building, mind you, but the line was at least an acknowledgment that some part of her past rhetoric demanded clarification.

A day after he sparked the revolt, Hawley’s political mentor disowned him.

From Time

His mother, he recalled, was merciless about grammar and proper names, once threatening to disown him for saying “Tiffany’s” instead of “Tiffany.”

He helped win the Cold War for a country that he would probably now disown more than ever.

When Clive Goodman was jailed for phone hacking back in 2007, his employers were quick to disown him.

But thou, O my Provence, bePg 195 not disturbed about the sons that disown thee and repudiate thy speech.

He wanted to run away, longed to disown all knowledge of the vulgar creature who accompanied him.

The Corporation would virtuously disown him and leave him to face a ten-year rap in Penal Colony.

To disown allegiance altogether never for a moment coincides with his sense of the becoming.

He is unfit to be called a man, he is unworthy to marry a gentlewoman; and as for that hussy, I disown her.