avow·​al | \ -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.

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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 Brown left the courtroom while Currie testified on avowal, meaning her testimony is included in the record for a possible appeal but not considered by the judge. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Judge won't order more jail time for mom of 10-year-old who refuses weekend visit with dad," 2 Mar. 2018 Singing in both Spanish and English, frontwoman Victoria Ruiz’s battle cries covered net neutrality and Trump’s border wall alongside inward avowals of self-worth and her Chicana identity. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Rock Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks," 20 Dec. 2017 And the mainstream favorite, Hellmann’s. The line is drawn very quickly between the two, with Duke’s held up as the totem of down-home purity and Southern tradition, while Hellmann’s gets firm, if sheepish, avowal from its fans. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Which mayo do the chefs really pick?," 12 July 2016 There was no display of pyrotechnics about it, no avowals of revenge. Rosa Inocencio Smith, The Atlantic, "The Atlantic Daily: Terror and Twitter," 5 June 2017 Bergman filmed from his personal standpoint, that of a man considering women with a range of emotions that include wonder, admiration, incomprehension, and lust, and what may ring strangest about his work now isn’t his gaze but his avowal. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Ingmar Bergman and the Risk of Ridicule," 30 Mar. 2017 The campaign functioned more as a feminist manifesto — an avowal of belief in women’s power and a bid to dress those customers — than an overt political statement. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Fashion Extends Its Support for Hillary Clinton," 30 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of avowal

1679, in the meaning defined above

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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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