avow·​al | \ ə-ˈvau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce avowal (audio) \

Definition of avowal

: an open declaration or acknowledgment

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Examples of avowal in a Sentence

I didn't believe her avowal of innocence. The couple exchanged avowals of love.
Recent Examples on the Web At the crucial moment, when everything is at stake, their avowal of love becomes akin to a children’s game, played with chalk at a table. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Conversation over video is maddening. So take a lesson from literature’s great dialogue writers.," 8 July 2020 In passing asides and straight-to-camera avowals, Jason shares his strategies for flattering clients’ figures and playing to their personae. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Why “Styling Hollywood” Is One of the Best Celebrity-Stylist Reality Shows," 30 Aug. 2019 K-pop fans reacted swiftly to the avowals of allegiance to China. Washington Post, "Chinese K-pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong," 19 Aug. 2019 K-pop fans reacted swiftly to the avowals of allegiance to China. Fortune, "Chinese Pop Stars Publicly Back Beijing on Hong Kong," 19 Aug. 2019 Both officers, O’Neill reported, also refuted the suicide avowal and instead surmised that the car was possibly dumped after the death. Fox News, "Another Manson murder? Debra Tate, victim's sister, fights to reopen probe into 1969 suspicious death," 31 July 2019 Her transgressiveness and frank avowal of desire was radical at the time, but in ways that don’t necessarily track comfortably with contemporary feminisms. The New York Review of Books, "Lisa Appignanesi," 9 May 2019 These relationships ranged from the supportive love of sisters, through the enthusiasms of adolescent girls, to sensual avowals of love by mature women. Sara Petersen, Vox, "Why do we stop giving meaningful gifts to our friends?," 3 Dec. 2018 The quirky paintings, touchingly civilized, are a gentle but firm avowal of humanity during extraordinarily trying times. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of avowal

1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Avowal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avowal. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of avowal

formal : an open and public statement


avow·​al | \ ə-ˈvau̇-əl How to pronounce avowal (audio) \

Kids Definition of avowal

: an open declaration

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