- to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
Origin of avow
Examples from the Web for unavowable
As an evil it is too merciless; as a resource it is too unavowable.Twentieth Century Socialism
Over the sea it hung heavy and dank like a huge sheet of gray thrown over things secret and unavowable.The Nest of the Sparrowhawk
No humility awoke in her; she felt the stirring of envies, avidities, unavowable passions, and let them flourish unrebuked.In the Year of Jubilee
- to state or affirm
- to admit openly
- law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
Word Origin and History for unavowable
early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer "acknowledge, accept, recognize," especially as a protector (Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.