avowry

noun avow·ry \-au̇(ə)rē, -ri\

Definition of avowry

plural

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  1. 1a obsolete :  advocacy patronage protection b :  advocate patron; especially :  patron saint

  2. 2 :  the act of one who avows something; especially, law :  an acknowledgment of having taken the plaintiff’s property that is set out in the defendant’s pleading in an action of replevin and that includes the justification for doing so — compare cognizance 5

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Origin and Etymology of avowry

Middle English avowrie, from Middle French avouerie protection, patronage, from Old French, from avouer to avow + -erie -ery


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