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avow

[uh-vou]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit: He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
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Origin of avow

1150–1200; Middle English avowen < Old French avoue(r) < Latin advocāre. See advocate
Related formsa·vow·a·ble, adjectivea·vow·er, nounre·a·vow, verb (used with object)un·a·vow·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vow·a·ble·ness, nounun·a·vow·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unavowable

Historical Examples

  • As an evil it is too merciless; as a resource it is too unavowable.

    Twentieth Century Socialism

    Edmond Kelly

  • Over the sea it hung heavy and dank like a huge sheet of gray thrown over things secret and unavowable.

  • No humility awoke in her; she felt the stirring of envies, avidities, unavowable passions, and let them flourish unrebuked.


British Dictionary definitions for unavowable

avow

verb (tr)
  1. to state or affirm
  2. to admit openly
  3. law rare to justify or maintain (some action taken)
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Derived Formsavowable, adjectiveavowal, nounavowed (əˈvaʊd), adjectiveavowedly (əˈvaʊɪdlɪ), adverbavower, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French avouer to confess, from Latin advocāre to appeal to, call upon; see avouch, advocate
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Word Origin and History for unavowable

avow

v.

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.

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