A Word A Day : Avow
Word of 23rd June 2007: A Word A Day-Avow( Verb )Avow
(uh VOW): to claim, to declare boldly, to admit
• At the age of twenty-five, Louis finally avowed
that he couldn’t stand his mother's apple pie.
• To avow
something is to declare or admit something that most people are reluctant to declare or admit. Mr. Smith avowed on television that he had never paid any income tax. Shortly afterward, he received a lengthy letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
• An avowed
criminal is one who admits he is a criminal. To disavow
is to deny or repudiate someone else’s claim.
The mayor disavowed
the allegation that he had embezzled campaign contributions.
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