Know Your Next Word : avow

4. avow :

verb :

to claim, to declare boldly, to admit

usage :

• He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.

• 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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