Usage examples for disavow

  1. My father affirms that in affairs of the heart it is the woman, not the man, who takes the first step; and that she takes it without thereby incurring any responsibility, and with the power to disavow or retract it whenever she desires to do so. – Pepita Ximenez by Juan Valera
  2. Thus do the most shameless take pleasure in exhibiting sham sorrow after crimes they cannot disavow. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  3. She had to confess her sins, to disavow her mission, to be received into the bosom of the Church and pardoned, and then- to be discovered in fresh crime. – The Story of Rouen by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  4. I neither seek to avow the publication nor do I wish to disavow it. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  5. From this grew the claim, which few Englishmen then dared to disavow, that their ships of war could rightfully take from any neutral merchant ship any seaman of British birth who was found on board. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  6. He gave her a moment or two to disavow her words; he would have given his right hand to hear her do it. – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  7. To announce an enormity against which the world protests, to disavow it with indignation, to swear by all the gods, to declare himself an honest man,- and then, at the moment when people are reassured, and laugh at the enormity in question, to execute it. – Napoleon the Little by Victor Hugo
  8. The Germans believed that the practical thing, for the moment, for the Canadians was to avoid war, to disavow all their obligations and ties of blood and permit Britain to be destroyed. – Face to Face with Kaiserism by James W. Gerard
  9. A few men like George Mason read the Declaratory Act and the debates carefully and concluded that the act did not disavow parliament's taxing power. – The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783 by Virginia State Dept. of Education
  10. Russia, therefore, might disavow the armistice and arrive in time to defend Vienna, the occupation of which was so important to the French army. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  11. " I could not disavow much of what he said; yet I own I was piqued at it, for very often compassionate terms from the mouth of an adverse party are grating. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  12. Disown, disclaim, disavow, recall, renounce, repudiate, retract. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  13. Eventually he offered to disavow Admiral Berkeley's act, to restore the seamen taken from the Chesapeake, and to compensate them and their families. – Jefferson and his Colleagues A Chronicle of the Virginia Dynasty, Volume 15 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Allen Johnson
  14. I have shown the means that existed to put Mr. Hastings beyond a temptation to those practices of which we accuse him, even in his own opinion,- if he will not follow his example in the House of Commons, and disavow this letter, as he has done his defence before them, and say he never wrote it. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  15. But to disavow the act starts suspicion. – The Rome Express by Arthur Griffiths
  16. It was open to it to disavow the letters, which are addressed to a private individual, and not, as the Times incorrectly stated, to a French prelate. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  17. I have stipulated, however, that they hold themselves free to disavow me here in your lordship's presence, if on any point I misrepresent them. – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  18. Rhodopis looked younger than she really was, though she made no attempt to disavow her age. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  19. He would support vigorous action in secret, and then, when men translated his speech into deeds, he would disavow them at the bidding of the Japanese. – Korea's Fight for Freedom by F.A. McKenzie