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disavow

play
verb dis·avow \ˌdis-ə-ˈvau̇\

Simple Definition of disavow

  • : to say that you are not responsible for (something) : to deny that you know about or are involved in (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disavow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deny responsibility for :  repudiate

  3. 2 :  to refuse to acknowledge or accept :  disclaim <party leaders disavowed him>

disavowable

play \-ə-bəl\ adjective

disavowal

play \-ˈvau̇(-ə)l\ noun

Examples of disavow in a sentence

  1. He disavowed the actions of his subordinates.

  2. She now seems to be trying to disavow her earlier statements.



Did You Know?

If you trace the etymology of disavow back through Middle English to Anglo-French, you'll arrive eventually at the prefix des- and the verb avouer, meaning "to avow." The prefix des- in turn derives from the Latin prefix dis-, meaning "apart." That Latin prefix plays a significant role in many current English words, including "disadvantage," "disappoint," and "disagree." "Avouer" is from Latin advocare, meaning "to summon," and is also the source of our word advocate.

Origin and Etymology of disavow

Middle English desavowen, from Anglo-French desavouer, from des- dis- + avouer to avow


First Known Use: 14th century


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