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.

Origin of disown

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

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(tr) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
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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