disown

verb
dis·​own | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈōn \
disowned; disowning; disowns

Definition of disown

transitive verb

1 : to refuse to acknowledge as one's own
2a : to repudiate any connection or identification with
b : to deny the validity or authority of

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Other Words from disown

disownment \ -​mənt \ noun

Examples of disown in a Sentence

Her parents threatened to disown her if she didn't go back to school. He was disowned for bringing shame to the family.

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The panel’s recommendation split its members, some of whom disowned the document, and illustrated the growing concerns in Parliament over the pace of the negotiations. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawmakers say Britain should consider delaying EU exit," 18 Mar. 2018 Her parents largely disowned her, and Moïse, who retained custody of Nissim and Béatrice, limited her access to them. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 In the past few months alone, Army officials debated whether the study should be embraced or disowned. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "The Army Stymied Its Own Study of the Iraq War," 22 Oct. 2018 While many onlookers believe the appearance was a stunt, and the Flat Earth Society seemingly disowned Paul’s involvement in the event, Paul’s deference to Mike, who apparently encouraged the YouTube star to attend the conference, is telling. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Meet the babysitter who helps Logan Paul stay out of trouble on YouTube," 3 Dec. 2018 He was also disowned by parts of the conservative movement after video clips showed him making statements apparently supportive of pedophilia. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Milo Yiannopoulos lasted a single day on Patreon before getting banned," 5 Dec. 2018 Lady began identifying as transgender at age 5, and her father ultimately disowned her. Sonia Perez D., The Seattle Times, "In Mexico caravan, LGBTQ migrants stick together for safety," 13 Nov. 2018 By January 1738, the Abington Meeting had enough of Lay’s disruptions and formally disowned him. Susan Hogan, Washington Post, "‘In the belly of hell’: The Quaker abolitionist disowned by his faith for condemning slave owners," 14 May 2018 But a group of lawmakers on the committee who are strong proponents of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union disowned the document. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawmakers say Britain should consider delaying EU exit," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disown

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disown was in 1630

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disown

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disown

: to say or decide that you will no longer be connected with, associated with, or responsible for (someone or something)

disown

verb
dis·​own | \ dis-ˈōn \
disowned; disowning

Kids Definition of disown

: to refuse to accept any longer a relationship with or connection to … they disowned my mother when she got married …— Judy Blume, Are You There God?

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