[ uh-voud ]
/ əˈvaʊd /


acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy.

Origin of avowed

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at avow, -ed2

Related forms

a·vow·ed·ly [uh-vou-id-lee] /əˈvaʊ ɪd li/, adverba·vow·ed·ness, nounself-a·vowed, adjectiveun·a·vowed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-avowed

  • To be a self-avowed Democrat in a state as conservative as Texas, after all, requires a certain degree of conviction.

    Undecided Voters Are a Menace|Michelle Cottle|September 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Theydon gazed at this self-avowed knight-errant in surprise.

    Number Seventeen|Louis Tracy
  • It was his intention, self-avowed and dominant, that he would come to some decision in regard to Eden before that walk was done.

    Eden|Edgar Saltus
  • Culpepper—the blunt and self-avowed scorner of the lady's man!

    Selina|George Madden Martin