disown

[ dis-ohn ]
/ dɪsˈoʊn /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. disorganized schizophrenia,
  2. disorient,
  3. disorientate,
  4. disorientation,
  5. disoriented,
  6. disparage,
  7. disparagement,
  8. disparaging,
  9. disparate,
  10. disparately

Origin of disown

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

Related formsdis·own·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disown

disown

/ (dɪsˈəʊn) /

verb

(tr) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
Derived Formsdisowner, noundisownment, noun

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Word Origin and History for disown

disown

v.

1620s; see dis- + own (v.). Related: Disowned; disowning.

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