Definition of "disown" []

  • To refuse to acknowledge or accept as one's own; repudiate. (verb-transitive)
  • To deny any connection with; refuse to acknowledge (verb)

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Use "disown" in a sentence
  • "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."