\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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In a year of liberal challenges to President Donald Trump, an avowed centrist scored the Democratic Party’s biggest coup — flipping a red state’s U.S. Senate seat. Nicholas Riccardi, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Sinema wins Arizona Senate seat running as centrist," 13 Nov. 2018 Leading up to this week’s trial, even avowed supporters of affirmative action have understandably voiced concerns about the allegations against Harvard. Yuvraj Joshi, Teen Vogue, "Why the Affirmative Action Case Against Harvard Isn’t Actually About Fair Treatment for Minority Students," 16 Oct. 2018 Top Republicans hoped that Balderson's support from both moderates like Kasich and avowed Trump supporters in Washington would draw a large, diverse crowd of supporters to the polls on Tuesday. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Ohio special election poses major test for Trump, as Dems threaten upset for district held by GOP for decades," 5 Aug. 2018 The synagogue began posting guards in 2000, after a self-avowed white supremacist on parole in Washington state opened fire at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles, wounding five people. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "After Pittsburgh shooting, Seattle synagogues work ‘to get people through this’," 29 Oct. 2018 Transitions are never easy, especially for an avowed member of the church of clog. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "A Search for the Perfect Fall Clog, the Bookworm’s Fashion Shoe," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of avowed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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