dis·​own | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈōn How to pronounce disown (audio) \
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 \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈōn-​mənt How to pronounce disown (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Many boys are forced to disown their desire for emotional intimacy. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021 Also, my husband will probably want to disown her for this betrayal. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 21 Nov. 2020 With Trump showing significant strength even in the face of multiple challenges that would have obliterated most candidates, Republicans will be incentivized to continue emulating Trump, not disown him. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2020 McAdams in response to Owens' latest interview called on him to formally disown the theory that's been labeled a domestic terror threat by the FBI. Lindsay Whitehurst, Star Tribune, 30 Oct. 2020 Tragedy strikes the family in more ways that one, and after she is raped, her parents disown Taylia, forcing her to find her way through her oceans of pain, and create a family of her own. Kristin Iversen, refinery29.com, 15 Sep. 2020 Fry was disowned by his Quaker meeting in 1828 when his bank, W. S. Fry & Sons, went bankrupt. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, 9 May 2020 Also: Republicans move to disown a Central Valley candidate over his social media posts. Anna Buchmann, SFChronicle.com, 22 May 2020 Peaceful campaigners have also failed to disown the violent behavior of radicals. Time, 9 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of disown

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disown. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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)


dis·​own | \ dis-ˈōn How to pronounce disown (audio) \
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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