American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To refuse to acknowledge or accept as one's own; repudiate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to one's self; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; not to own or acknowledge; repudiate.
- To deny; not to allow; refuse to admit.
- Specifically, in the Society of Friends, to remove from membership; dismiss.
- Synonyms To disavow, disclaim, disallow, renounce.
- v. To refuse to own or to refuse to acknowledge one’s own.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one's self; to disavow or deny, as connected with one's self personally
- v. To refuse to acknowledge or allow; to deny.
- v. cast off
- v. prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
- dis- + own (Wiktionary)
“So, it's no wonder these white voters can say they'll "disown" their own party if Obama is the nominee.”
“Clinton's group of supporters are a people who find it easier to "disown" their own family members if they are upset with them.”
“It's a little late for Obama to express such outrage, especially since Wright isn't saying anything new, and especially after Obama told us all that he cannot "disown" Wright.”
“I actually think Obama's hesitation to immediately "disown" his former pastor shows backbone and loyalty.”
“I believe that people tend to "disown" their ailments.”
“Just to be clear, there is a reason that all human beings are capable of psychological projection, which is the emotional technique of attributing one's own unacceptable feelings to someone else in order to 'disown' those feelings.”
“He said that he could no more "disown" his pastor than he could disown "my white grandmother -- a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me.”
“Hence, where Mr. Obama is concerned, his refusal to "disown" Reverend Wright based on his ludicrous claim that he had not been "present" for any of such sermons makes this an issue of honesty, not race, of political expediency not moral courage.”
“Playing the Race Card and Understanding Who Stacked the Deck yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Playing the Race Card and Understanding Who Stacked the Deck'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: When Barack Obama gave his speech "A More Perfect Union", the public was treated to something different and almost hypnotic; a politician who didn\'t duck the issue, "disown" his pastor for remarks that shocked many Americans.”
“I couldn't "disown" Wright without disowning half my family, most of my friends, 90% of my acquaintences and almost all public figures who have ever spoken with their conscious or unconscious fears and prejudices and reactions giving voice to painful personal perspectives.”
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