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1. To refuse strongly and solemnly to own or acknowledge; to deny responsibility for, approbation of, an the like; to disclaim; to disown; as, he was charged with embezzlement, but he disavows the crime. A solemn promise made and disavowed. (Dryden)

2. To deny; to show the contrary of; to disprove. Yet can they never toss into air the freedom of my birth, or disavow my blood Plantagenet's. (Ford)

Origin: f. Desavouer; pref. Des- (L. Dis-) _ avouer to avow. See Avow, and cf. Disavouch.