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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disinherit, disownverb

    prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting

  2. disown, renounce, repudiateverb

    cast off

    "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"


  1. disownverb

    To refuse to own or to refuse to acknowledge one's own.

    Lord Capulet and his wife threatened to disown their daughter Juliet if she didn't go through with marrying Count Paris.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Disownverb

    Etymology: dis and own.

    Then they, who brother’s better claim disown,
    Expel their parents, and usurp the throne. John Dryden, Æn.

    When an author has publickly disowned a spurious piece, they have disputed his name with him. Jonathan Swift.


  1. disown

    Disownment occurs when a parent renounces or no longer accepts a child as a family member, usually due to actions perceived as reprehensible, leading to serious emotional consequences. Different from giving a child up for adoption, it is a social and interpersonal act and usually takes place later in the child's life, which means that the disowned child would have to make their own arrangements for future care. Among other things, it implies no responsibility for future care, making it similar to divorce or repudiation (of a spouse), meaning that the disowned child would have to find another residence to call home and be cared for. Disownment may entail disinheritance, familial exile, or shunning, and often all three. A disowned child might no longer be welcome in their former family's home or be allowed to attend major family events, or be allowed to know about such events taking place on social media. Disownment is often taboo. In many countries, it is a form of child abandonment and is illegal when the child is a minor. In rare cases, a society and its institutions will accept an act of disownment. For example, the British politician Leo Amery had two adult sons, both young adults at the time of World War II; one fought in the British forces, while the other, John Amery, cast his lot with Nazi Germany and beamed propaganda radio broadcasts to his homeland. After the end of the war in 1945, young Amery was tried and executed for treason, whereupon the bereaved father asked, and received, permission from the editors of Who's Who to change the terms of his authorized biography from two sons to "one son".


  1. disown

    Disown is a verb that means to refuse to acknowledge or accept any further connection or relationship with someone. It often involves denying a person as a family member, friend, or associate, usually due to some conflict, disagreement or unacceptable behavior. The term can also refer to refusing to accept or acknowledge responsibility for something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disownverb

    to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one's self; to disavow or deny, as connected with one's self personally; as, a parent can hardly disown his child; an author will sometimes disown his writings

  2. Disownverb

    to refuse to acknowledge or allow; to deny


  1. Disown

    Disown is a four-piece Industrial rock band originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Along with guitar riffs and stabbing electronic synths similar to Nine Inch Nails or Linkin Park, Disown adds an arrangement of melodic, emotional lyrics similar to A Perfect Circle or Tool. Formed in 2000, Disown has shared the stage with HIM, Atreyu, Lacuna Coil, Static-X, Orgy, Godhead, Crossbreed, Mushroomhead, Trust Company, KMFDM and The Apex Theory. The original lineup consisted of Jae Rohrer on vocals and guitar, Mitch Langford on guitar and sequencing, Jesse Rohrer on bass, and Gerry Lakarosky on drums. In 2004, Disown appeared in an article of the Daily Kent Stater written by Mark Bodkin documenting the recording process of their first release "Angels and Atheists." Later that same year, they traveled to the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio to demo three songs with Eric Rickey that would later appear on "Requiem of One." That same year, Disown replaced drummer, Gerry Lakarosky with Scott Kaczmarek. In 2005, Disown secured a spot on the OzzFest 2004 tour performing in front of more than 30,000 people. In 2005, the band secured business with Cleopatra Records and had their single, "Policy of Truth" placed on a tribute to Depeche Mode.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disown

    diz-ōn′, v.t. to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one's self: to deny: to repudiate, cast off—n. Disown′ment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disown in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of disown in a Sentence

  1. Joe Biden:

    It's simply a lie, that video is a lie, i'm looking for his campaign to come forward and disown it but they haven't done it yet.

  2. Rahaf Mohammed:

    How could my family disown me simply because I wanted to be independent and escape their abuse? i wanted to be free from oppression and depression. I wanted to be independent.

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