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Related to disavowal: deviance disavowal


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.


(ˌdɪs əˈvaʊ əl)

repudiation; denial.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disavowal - denial of any connection with or knowledge of
denial - the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
abjuration, recantation, retraction - a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion


noun denial, rejection, contradiction, disclaimer, renunciation, retraction, repudiation, gainsaying (archaic or literary), recantation, abjuration a public disavowal of his beliefs


[ˌdɪsəˈvaʊəl] N
1. (= rejection) → abdicación f
2. (= denial) → desmentido m


[ˌdɪsəˈvaʊəl] n (= repudiation) [story, claim] → désaveu m


nVerleugnung f; (of one’s words)Ableugnung f
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I saw plainly how you would look; and heard your impetuous republican answers, and your haughty disavowal of any necessity on your part to augment your wealth, or elevate your standing, by marrying either a purse or a coronet.
In this case she perhaps would not know of the existence of the papers, and I welcomed that presumption--it made me feel more safe with her-- until I remembered that we had believed the letter of disavowal received by Cumnor to be in the handwriting of the niece.
Mr Plornish, with a modest disavowal of his merits, opened the room door for her readmission, and followed her in with such an exceedingly bald pretence of not having been out at all, that her father might have observed it without being very suspicious.
Pyotr Petrovitch had the good sense to accept the disavowal.
The demand of the melancholic, whose critical agency runs counter to the normalizing disavowal which is the property of the superego, is the call for justice.
To paraphrase the classic formulation for disavowal ("I know very well, but even so .
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The disavowal of authority implied in that identity is belied by Dana's observant, curious, but no longer so youthfully Romantic eye.
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And despite the emperor's disavowal of divine status after World War II, the law remains.
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