avow·​ed·​ly | \ ə-ˈvau̇-əd-lē How to pronounce avowedly (audio) \

Definition of avowedly

1 : with open acknowledgment : frankly an avowedly hostile review
2 : by unsupported assertion or profession alone : allegedly politicians remain skeptical of … avowedly democratic intentions— Jerry Kirshenbaum

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Set: Brandon Kirkham’s functional, multilevel set is almost comically two-dimensional, highlighting the artifice in a piece that’s avowedly theatrical. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jokes flow freely in Skylight's 'Urinetown'," 19 May 2018 This avowedly apolitical approach to religion has enabled a great deal of evil. Rabbi Dan Fink, idahostatesman, "Neutrality is not a moral option | Idaho Statesman," 21 Apr. 2018 To the surprise of many, the truth is that the pair are avowedly not romantically involved. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Everything We Know about Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s Relationship," 12 Feb. 2018 It can also be practised by politicians whose parties are not avowedly populist. The Economist, "Dancing with dangerEurope’s populists are waltzing into the mainstream," 3 Feb. 2018 Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, while not avowedly a Buddhist or ethnic Burman party, still effectively exists as one. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Does Aung San Suu Kyi Still Deserve a Nobel Prize?," 21 Sep. 2017 Trump avowedly rejects the science of climate change, which in part led him to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Trump assures a Virginia mayor that he need not worry about reality," 14 June 2017 On both sides of the Atlantic, critics paint Brexit with the same broad brush as avowedly populist, and in some cases extreme, movements in France, the Netherlands and other parts of Western Europe. Nile Gardiner, CNN, "Britain hasn't gone mad -- it is getting ready to lead again," 6 June 2017 There’s a glaring cautionary answer to be found across the pond, in Britain, where the media is avowedly more partisan, especially in the tabloid newspapers that continue to hold great sway. Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, "Fair Play in a Fact-Challenged Political Landscape," 3 July 2016

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1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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