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

Definition of avowal

: an open declaration or acknowledgment

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 Federal law requires only an avowal of citizenship. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2022 Hoex’s narrator repeatedly demonstrates a desire to relinquish the human form—an avowal not of beastiality but of curiosity. Zoë Hu, The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2022 But Hazony had a proposal for where to begin: with an avowal that America is a Christian nation with a Christian majority, where Christians should get to dictate the country’s laws and social norms. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 The tattered work, made in the wake of the Great War and the ongoing deadly ruin of influenza, is a monumental avowal of artistic freedom in rebuilding. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 And there is a funny anecdote about George Lucas deflecting her question, about the lack of panties and bras available for fitting during the filming of Star Wars, with an avowal that there’s no underwear in space. Michael Washburn, National Review, 13 June 2021 O’Hara, who happened to be working at the museum’s front desk, witnessed this momentous avowal, and made sure everyone heard about it. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 30 Aug. 2019 See More

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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 5 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of avowal

: an open declaration

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