One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The denial of any responsibility or support for something; repudiation.‘his disavowal of his previous writings’‘they know this, despite their disavowals’
denial, disowning, disclaimerView synonyms
- ‘Such disavowals always remind me of Henry Kissinger's line that when a state denies it intends to take a course of action, it is signalling to others that it has the capacity to take such action if it wishes.’
- ‘Here we have today Scott McClellan, the president's press secretary, specifically demanding further disavowals of the story from Newsweek.’
- ‘Michael, is this in your judgment, even though there have been disavowals, that there would be any interest on the part of the major parties in making this a religion government?’
- ‘I heard many comments about people being of equal value and of not liking anyone who ‘thinks they are better than I am,’ but I also heard frequent disavowals about economic equality.’
- ‘Some people cope by denial or disavowal, making open communication less appropriate in the earlier stages.’
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