\ 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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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 But in the wake of October’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in which an avowed anti-Semite is accused of killing 11 Jewish worshippers, the holiday’s message and meaning are taking on a more defiant turn. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Hanukkah’s message of Jewish resilience matters so much after Pittsburgh," 29 Nov. 2018 Advocates for domestic-abuse survivors had long feared that Sessions, an avowed foe of legal and undocumented immigration alike, would use his powers to deny safety to women fleeing abusive households. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Jeff Sessions shuts the door on asylum for women escaping domestic abuse.," 11 June 2018 Baker, who rarely supports candidates outside of Prince George’s, said he was drawn to Trone for his avowed commitment to increasing spending for research on Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts Baker’s wife, Christa Beverly. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "Tycoon turned candidate: Why Trone’s critics say he’s trying to buy a seat in Congress," 28 Apr. 2018 On his right flank, an avowed anti-Semite, Paul Nehlen, was making another run at the Republican nomination — and earning a national following among white supremacists. Jonathan Martin And Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, "Paul Ryan won’t seek reelection, signaling that GOP majority in House is in peril," 11 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of avowed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: openly declared

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