Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A frank admission or acknowledgment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An open declaration; a frank acknowledgment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An open declaration; frank acknowledgment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An open declaration of affirmation or admission of knowledge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something

Etymologies

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avow +‎ -al

Examples

  • Thus, in one place we have the following avowal, which is only not _naïf_ because evidently put in to please the prejudices of sympathetically narrow readers.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 5, May, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • 'A woman less fine than you would have protested against this sudden avowal, which is only too like me -- too like Hugo.

    Hugo A Fantasia on Modern Themes

  • I cannot recall the avowal of my earnest and deep attachment to you, and I do not recall it. '

    Our Mutual Friend

  • And then, when the last of his loathsome secrets has been told, when he has nothing left either to gain or to conceal, then he rises up into a perfect bankrupt sublimity and makes the great avowal which is the whole pivot and meaning of the poem.

    Robert Browning

  • I cannot recall the avowal of my earnest and deep attachment to you, and I do not recall it.’

    Our Mutual Friend

  • And then, on the evening of August 11th, there suddenly occurred one of these dramatic turns of events that have become almost common in Iran: on a popular television program, the regime broadcast the so-called "avowal" of the young woman who, wearing a black chador which covered all but her nose and one of her eyes, holding a sheet of paper in her hands as though reciting a lesson she was having trouble learning, a voice over in Farsi covering her own voice as she expressed herself in her native Azeri, confessed her supposed "complicity" in the murder of her husband.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: Sakineh Must Not Be Stoned

  • And then, on the evening of August 11th, there suddenly occurred one of these dramatic turns of events that have become almost common in Iran: on a popular television program, the regime broadcast the so-called "avowal" of the young woman who, wearing a black chador which covered all but her nose and one of her eyes, holding a sheet of paper in her hands as though reciting a lesson she was having trouble learning, a voice over in Farsi covering her own voice as she expressed herself in her native Azeri, confessed her supposed "complicity" in the murder of her husband.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: Sakineh Must Not Be Stoned

  • But with the U.S. Federal Reserve's recently announced avowal of easy monetary policy causing the dollar to flirt with its record low against the yen, Japan's government is turning an increasingly stern eye toward its own central bank for further monetary easing to counter the U.S. action.

    Pressure Mounts on BOJ to Weaken Yen After U.S. Criticism of Intervention

  • The letter notes that the Chinese Constitution claims freedom of speech and the press, but this formal avowal and concrete denial has become a scandalous mark.

    In China, Even the Premier Is Censored

  • There has been no such avowal, openly or otherwise, from the center-right or right to discredit theleft.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Faisal Shahzad Allegedly Admits to Attempted Times Square Bombing

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