\ ə-ˈvau̇d How to pronounce avowed (audio) \

Definition of avowed

1 : openly acknowledged or declared an avowed liberal/conservative
2 : asserted to be true or real : professed their avowed purpose/goal/aim/intention

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Three names on that list, however, might not be as familiar to anyone who isn't an avowed royal watcher: Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Earl Spencer. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Diana's Siblings Congratulate Prince Harry on His New Baby," 6 May 2019 In the case of one couple Dr. Shapiro met, the husband was a die-hard Republican and the wife an avowed Democrat. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019 Scaraffia, a history professor and journalist, was perhaps the most high-profile woman at the Vatican, an avowed feminist who nevertheless toed the line on official doctrine. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Founder, all-female board of Vatican women’s magazine quit," 26 Mar. 2019 Bioré also makes the cloths from 100 percent renewable resources, which has to be part of why Meghan, an avowed environmentalist, loves them. Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Once Gushed About Buying Bioré Cleansing Cloths in Bulk," 30 Mar. 2019 The renowned 20th-century critic (and avowed enemy of detective fiction) Edmund Wilson certainly held that opinion. Maureen Corrigan, The Seattle Times, "Fans of Tana French are in for a surprise with ‘The Witch Elm’," 23 Oct. 2018 Many of the members of parliament who voted against her deal Tuesday were happy to keep her in power, fearing an election could usher in Labour leader and avowed socialist Jeremy Corbyn. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "What Betting Markets Say About Brexit’s Next Steps," 16 Jan. 2019 Abdul El-Sayed, an avowed populist who was vying to be Michigan's first Muslim governor, finished nearly 20 percentage points behind establishment Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in Tuesday's primary. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Socialist torchbearers flame out in key races, despite blitz by Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez," 8 Aug. 2018 This year’s march brought Italy’s Forza Nuova, a self-avowed fascist organization, along with nationalist groups from the U.K., Netherlands, and Hungary. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Far-Right Groups Join Massive March Marking Polish Independence," 11 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of avowed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of avowed

: openly declared

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