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  • v. Present participle of disown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the refusal to acknowledge (something or somebody) as one's own.

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

  • n. refusal to acknowledge as one's own


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  • From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.

    Berlinski's Wisdom

  • Nonetheless, Wordsworth's celebrated innovation in disowning the mechanisms embraced by both the Gothic and its critics in the 1790s and proposing a solid and oppositional departure in their place secured him a more enduring reputation in the history of British

    Haunted Britain in the 1970s

  • The boy's remarks had reference to the frequent interviews between the two parties, while the Orthodox were engaged in "disowning" the Hicksites.

    John and Mary; or, The Fugitive Slaves, a Tale of South-Eastern Pennsylvania

  • Friends Meetings needed to, and did, recommend some people as ministers authorized to speak for them, while "disowning" the doctrines and practices of people they felt misrepresented them.

    Discussion Forum - Quaker Quaker

  • PUNE: Coming out in support of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and other Malegaon blasts accused, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Saturday lashed out at pro-Hindutva elements for "disowning" them and asked the legal community to come forward to defend the trio.

    The Times of India

  • "disowning" them and asked the legal community to defend the trio.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Putting forward a plan to balance the budget in order to say one has a plan and then disowning the content of that plan is not worthy of serious consideration.

    Matthew Yglesias » More Condescension Needed

  • Cue outrage from City Hall, Tory bloggers and then a statement from Ken, Labour's mayoral candidate for 2012, disowning his former associate.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • But, then, am I his superior in anything but caution and years, and how can I disown him without disowning also his useful works, on which I still receive royalties?

    john updike | march 18, 1932 – january 27, 2009 « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • These charlatans and hypocrites are known for their support of all dictatorships that collapse and for disowning these dictatorships immediately after they collapse.

    Syrian activists report bodies dumped on the streets of Homs


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