\ə-ˈvau̇d \

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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Romulo Betancourt, an avowed socialist, was elected president later that year. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Long Road to Hell," 10 June 2018 People don’t know how to confront these evils, which come in nearly every direction, in the form of theological zealots, demagogic populists, avowed racists, and trollish misogynists. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Of the six men likely to replace him, four are avowed opponents of Palestinian statehood. Gregg Carlstrom, Newsweek, "The Fall of Benjamin Netanyahu and the Future of Israel," 15 Mar. 2018 Signs suggest that President Trump aims to move the court so far to the right that half the nation will inevitably deem it an avowed enemy. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018 Adcock, an avowed rosé lover for years, had no trouble gushing over the cornucopia of pink wines making their way into the marketplace. Dave Eckert, kansascity, "Rosés are the 'go to' summertime drink for wine lovers, even KC barbecue fans," 12 June 2018 But tensions between the two avowed enemies are rising. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Israel-Iran rivalry burns, Russia's Tehran ties may get singed," 4 May 2018 The energy in the Democratic Party is self-avowed (ph) socialist. Fox News, "John Bolton previews the Trump-Putin summit; Leonard Leo on frontrunners to replace Justice Kennedy," 1 July 2018 The energy in the Democratic Party is self-avowed socialists, open borders. Liz Goodwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s immigration crackdown gives the left a rallying cry: ‘Abolish ICE’," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of avowed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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