Word of the Day : February 17, 2019
disavow \dis-uh-VOW\ verb
1 : to deny responsibility for : repudiate
2 : to refuse to acknowledge or accept : disclaim
Did You Know?
If you trace the etymology of disavow back through Middle English to Anglo-French, you'll arrive eventually at the prefix des- and the verb avouer, meaning "to avow." The prefix des-, in turn, derives from the Latin prefix dis-, meaning "apart." That Latin prefix plays a significant role in many current English words, including disadvantage, disappoint, and disagree. Avouer is from Latin advocare, meaning "to summon," and is also the source of our word advocate.
Aired February 17, 2019
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