Definition of disavow
disavowableplay \-ə-bəl\ adjective
disavowalplay \-ˈvau̇(-ə)l\ noun
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Examples of disavow in a Sentence
He disavowed the actions of his subordinates.
She now seems to be trying to disavow her earlier statements.
Recent Examples of disavow from the Web
For those who believe Fowler's presence would have prevented the Cubs' slide, one look at his numbers — a .230 average and .317 on-base percentage — should disavow you of that notion.
After winning the election in November, Trump disavowed the alt-right movement that supported his candidacy.
Merkel’s Social Democratic predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, publicly disavowed George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in a trans-Atlantic rift that Merkel worked to repair upon her election in 2005.
Many tweets urged people to denounce her to CNN's advertisers (Griffin co-hosts the annual New Year's Eve broadcast with CNN's Anderson Cooper) and demanded the news network disavow her.
Racist fliers were found Saturday in at least two Alexandria neighborhoods, prompting dismay and indignation from residents and officials, who disavowed the messages conveyed and called them unprecedented.
But, if you are captured or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of this post.
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Did You Know?
If you trace the etymology of disavow back through Middle English to Anglo-French, you'll arrive eventually at the prefix des- and the verb avouer, meaning "to avow." The prefix des- in turn derives from the Latin prefix dis-, meaning "apart." That Latin prefix plays a significant role in many current English words, including "disadvantage," "disappoint," and "disagree." "Avouer" is from Latin advocare, meaning "to summon," and is also the source of our word advocate.
Origin and Etymology of disavow
Middle English desavowen, from Anglo-French desavouer, from des- dis- + avouer to avow
First Known Use: 14th century
DISAVOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disavow for English Language Learners
: to say that you are not responsible for (something) : to deny that you know about or are involved in (something)
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