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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.
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Origin of disown

First recorded in 1610–20; dis-1 + own
Related formsdis·own·ment, noun

Synonyms for disown

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Related Words for disowning

renounce, repudiate, disavow, disclaim, retract, discard, deny, abjure, disallow, reject, abandon, abnegate

Examples from the Web for disowning

Historical Examples of disowning

  • For a time I felt like disowning that Virginia was my native State.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920


  • The father joined in the upbraiding, the disowning of an undutiful daughter.

    Immortal Memories

    Clement Shorter

  • Or at the most, the parent's silence is a confirmation, and his disowning it hindereth only the confirmation.

    A Christian Directory

    Baxter Richard

  • Never for an instant did I dream of disowning her as my child.

  • Dick Johnstone would not make that excuse for disowning his obligations.

British Dictionary definitions for disowning


  1. (tr) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
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Derived Formsdisowner, noundisownment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disowning



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

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