avowed

adjective
\ 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

Examples of avowed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But these clients were avowed traditionalists—so what gives? Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Wall-Sized Murals Steal the Show in This Raji RM-Designed Home," 15 Feb. 2020 That explains the success of avowed democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential race, the rock-star emergence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and the decision of Cisneros to take on Cuellar. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Union protest targets Cuellar for vote against PRO Act," 14 Feb. 2020 Portman wasn't the only avowed star feminist whose statements at the Oscars provoked groans on social media and among media types on Sunday. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rose McGowan Slams Natalie Portman's "Deeply Offensive" Pro-Female Director Oscars Ensemble," 12 Feb. 2020 Shooter Dylann Roof, an avowed white nationalist, had posed for photos with the battle flag. chicagotribune.com, "Trump immigration adviser Stephen Miller linked to white nationalist views in new emails," 14 Nov. 2019 More than a year into his presidency, President Trump has shown little interest in beefing up the Federal Election Commission, the agency that could serve as a key player in his avowed agenda to reduce the influence of moneyed interests on politics. Washington Post, "Despite pledge to ‘drain the swamp,’ Trump has shown little interest in beefing up the Federal Election Commission," 14 Mar. 2018 Roof, an avowed white supremacist, was convicted of federal murder and hate crimes charges, and he was sentenced to death in January 2017. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Dylann Roof believed he'd be freed from prison after a race war, attorneys say in appeal," 29 Jan. 2020 The jury's verdict came after a trial in which the avowed white supremacist did not show any remorse or attempt to fight for his life. Denise Lavoie, USA TODAY, "White supremacist Dylann Roof appeals death penalty in church massacre," 29 Jan. 2020 The jury's verdict came after a trial in which the avowed white supremacist did not show any remorse or attempt to fight for his life. NBC News, "Dylann Roof appeals death penalty in South Carolina church massacre," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of avowed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Avowed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avowed. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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avowed

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English Language Learners Definition of avowed

: openly declared

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