Definition of disown in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈōn/


[with object]
Refuse to acknowledge or maintain any connection with: Howard’s rich family had disowned him because of his marriage
More example sentences
  • One man was disowned by his family when he married a woman they didn't approve of.
  • About the same time his family disowned him and he was stripped of his Saudi citizenship.
  • Family members would disown you if they knew you watched it.
reject, cast off/aside, abandon, renounce, deny;
turn one's back on, wash one's hands of, have nothing more to do with
literary forsake



Example sentences
  • For information about how the comics community and Alan Moore (writer and disillusioned disowner of the original graphic novel) is reacting… check Comic Book Resources.
  • A man who should attempt a perfect exploration of the human frame by a survey purely of its cutaneous and muscular surfaces, having first carefully cut the nerves that conduct to the battery, and convey the wonderful, incomprehensible spiritual electricity of the brain, would succeed as well as do such disowners of all creation's commencing and design.
  • To make matters worse, the Morning Star published only the unofficial condemnation, and not the original official release or the general secretary's subsequent disowner.


Pronunciation: /disˈōnmənt/
Example sentences
  • Not once did they mention their previous disownment.
  • Facing virtual disownment, Victor must now struggle to reconcile his outdoor persona with his indoor realities.
  • It ended with his disownment and, in 1871, his sudden death from smallpox.

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Syllabification: dis·own

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