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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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