Definition of disavow in English:


Syllabification: dis·a·vow
Pronunciation: /ˌdisəˈvou


[with object]
  • Deny any responsibility or support for: he appears to be in denial of his own past, which he continually disavows
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    • As an artist, he has knowingly signed forged drawings and disavows responsibility for his sometimes salacious subject matter.
    • Many became ill and suffered permanent symptoms, but the government disavowed responsibility for them because they were civilians.
    • The bottom line: both ABC News and the Washington Post are now disavowing any claim that the alleged ‘talking points memo’ was authored by a Republican, let alone that it was some kind of official Republican strategy memo.


late Middle English: from Old French desavouer.

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