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Definition to refuse to have knowledge of, responsibility for, or association with
  • She disavowed her assistant's comments.
disavowed = to refuse to have responsibility for, or association with
  • ...and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations,
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • disavow = to refuse association with
  • That means, "If you succeed, you will be sustained; if you fail, you will be disavowed."
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • disavowed = said to be unknown or of no association
  • At first, the company disavowed responsibility for these plants, which it claimed were owned by independent suppliers.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I was so hurt and humiliated that I disavowed all relations with Young.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Point is, my father's theory is not as comforting as it used to be, not that I disavow it.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • The general, putting his hand on his sword, exclaimed,—"If you talk of honor, do not begin by disavowing its laws, and impose nothing by violence."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He could not disavow his actions, belauded as they were by half the world, and so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He disavowed nothing: he seemed as if he would defy all things.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "I disavow everything in that putrid novel," Van Houten said, cutting me off.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • While I agreed, I could not accept that we should therefore disavow studying.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • "If you insist on disavowing that which is ugly about what you do," said Magnus, still looking at Alec, "you will never learn from your mistakes."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Secondly, Because it exhibits a body of men, numbers of whom disavow the publishing political testimonies, as being concerned therein and approvers thereof.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • Now that they were shaheed, packing up and running was an even worse affront, a betrayal, a disavowal of the sacrifice her sons had made.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • All the architects, including Sullivan, seemed to have been captured by the same spell, although Sullivan later would disavow the moment.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Pyotr Petrovitch had the good sense to accept the disavowal.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Both the Director and Rowan's executive council disavow all knowledge of his plans or actions.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • The chief expected us to disavow any such absurdities before he could endorse our church.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She seemed relieved, though, at my disavowal of whatever it was I was disavowing.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • He was inconsistent: first he disavowed his infidelities, then he tried to justify them.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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