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Definition of "disavowal" [dis•a•vow•al]

  • A denial of knowledge, relationship, and/or responsibility towards something (or someone). (noun)

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Use "disavowal" in a sentence
  • "Whatever his intention, I think Scott's disavowal is significant, particularly in light of his consistent refusal to publicly discuss his own ethnic background, which became an issue after Crossfire was released:"
  • "We start with the statement of a “fact” and we’re left with a disavowal from the also anonymous Teddy."
  • "For Schelling's purposes, the Phrygian priests of modern European philosophy embody the spiritualizing violence and recursive loop of this desire, desire that even puts the resistant negativity of the body to efficient good work by libidinally investing its very disavowal, that is, by secretly deriving pleasure out of the ascetic renunciation of pleasure."