disavow


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dis·a·vow

 (dĭs′ə-vou′)
tr.v. dis·a·vowed, dis·a·vow·ing, dis·a·vows
1. To disclaim knowledge of, responsibility for, or association with: "The American communists ... promoted Roosevelt's reelection in 1944—although Roosevelt formally disavowed their support" (Donald A. Ritchie).
2. To assert to be wrong or of little value: "After 1920 his style changed almost completely, and he disavowed his early works" (Mary V. Dearborn).

[Middle English disavowen, from Old French desavouer : des-, dis- + avouer, to avow; see avow.]

dis′a·vow′a·ble adj.
dis′a·vow′al n.

disavow

(ˌdɪsəˈvaʊ)
vb
(tr) to deny knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for
ˌdisaˈvowal n
ˌdisaˈvowedly adv
ˌdisaˈvower n

dis•a•vow

(ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ)

v.t.
to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate.
[1350–1400; Anglo-French < Old French desavouer. See dis-1, avow]
dis`a•vow′ed•ly, adv.
dis`a•vow′er, n.

disavow


Past participle: disavowed
Gerund: disavowing

Imperative
disavow
disavow
Present
I disavow
you disavow
he/she/it disavows
we disavow
you disavow
they disavow
Preterite
I disavowed
you disavowed
he/she/it disavowed
we disavowed
you disavowed
they disavowed
Present Continuous
I am disavowing
you are disavowing
he/she/it is disavowing
we are disavowing
you are disavowing
they are disavowing
Present Perfect
I have disavowed
you have disavowed
he/she/it has disavowed
we have disavowed
you have disavowed
they have disavowed
Past Continuous
I was disavowing
you were disavowing
he/she/it was disavowing
we were disavowing
you were disavowing
they were disavowing
Past Perfect
I had disavowed
you had disavowed
he/she/it had disavowed
we had disavowed
you had disavowed
they had disavowed
Future
I will disavow
you will disavow
he/she/it will disavow
we will disavow
you will disavow
they will disavow
Future Perfect
I will have disavowed
you will have disavowed
he/she/it will have disavowed
we will have disavowed
you will have disavowed
they will have disavowed
Future Continuous
I will be disavowing
you will be disavowing
he/she/it will be disavowing
we will be disavowing
you will be disavowing
they will be disavowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been disavowing
you have been disavowing
he/she/it has been disavowing
we have been disavowing
you have been disavowing
they have been disavowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been disavowing
you will have been disavowing
he/she/it will have been disavowing
we will have been disavowing
you will have been disavowing
they will have been disavowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been disavowing
you had been disavowing
he/she/it had been disavowing
we had been disavowing
you had been disavowing
they had been disavowing
Conditional
I would disavow
you would disavow
he/she/it would disavow
we would disavow
you would disavow
they would disavow
Past Conditional
I would have disavowed
you would have disavowed
he/she/it would have disavowed
we would have disavowed
you would have disavowed
they would have disavowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.disavow - refuse to acknowledge; disclaim knowledge of; responsibility for, or association with; "Her husband disavowed her after 30 years of marriage and six children"
deny - declare untrue; contradict; "He denied the allegations"; "She denied that she had taken money"
deny - refuse to recognize or acknowledge; "Peter denied Jesus"
avouch, avow - admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about

disavow

verb deny, reject, contradict, retract, repudiate, disown, rebut, disclaim, forswear, gainsay (archaic or literary), abjure He immediately disavowed the newspaper story.

disavow

verb
To refuse to recognize or acknowledge:
Translations

disavow

[ˌdɪsəˈvaʊ] VT
1. (= reject) [+ one's principles, religion] → abdicar de, abjurar de; [+ one's past] → renegar de
2. (= deny) they disavowed any knowledge of his activitiesnegaban tener conocimiento de sus actividades

disavow

[ˌdɪsəˈvaʊ] vt (= disown, repudiate) [+ story, claim] → désavouer

disavow

vtverleugnen; one’s wordsableugnen

disavow

[ˌdɪsəˈvaʊ] vt (frm) (one's opinions) → sconfessare; (one's words) → ritrattare; (one's faith) → rinnegare
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In a still more obscure passage he now desires to disavow the Circular or aristocratic tendencies with which some critics have naturally credited him.
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