- 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
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disclaim, disavow, reject, abjure.
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Examples from the Web for disowning
For a time I felt like disowning that Virginia was my native State.
The father joined in the upbraiding, the disowning of an undutiful daughter.Immortal Memories
Or at the most, the parent's silence is a confirmation, and his disowning it hindereth only the confirmation.A Christian Directory
Never for an instant did I dream of disowning her as my child.
Dick Johnstone would not make that excuse for disowning his obligations.Johnstone of the Border
- (tr) to deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge
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Word Origin and History for disowning
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