disowning disowning

Definition(s):

  • (n) refusal to acknowledge as one's own

Usage(s):

  1. Yet the state visit continued and official relations remained unruffled because London followed the code by calmly disowning the dead frogman.
  2. People are beasts, in Andorra, for committing or permitting atrocities like the Nazi massacre of the Jews and then disowning responsibility for it.
  3. I commend the President for his courage in disowning one who sat in the presidential box during the January 2004 State of the Union message.

News

  1. Rand Paul says Alison Lundergan Grimes should 'disown the president'

    GEORGETOWN — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul suggested Wednesday that Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes should consider disowning President Barack Obama if she hopes to run a competitive race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    on July 4, 2013     Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

  2. Irish bishop disowns priest who supported sex offender

    Outrage over a priest's defense of a convicted sex offender has resulted in Bishop William Murphy of Kerry disowning the priests' behavior. Up to fifty people had queued up to shake the hands of sex offender Danny Foley before he was sent to jail for 7 years earlier this week.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Irish Central

Quotes

  1. Blair calls this effort as a "fatal mistake ...... because we were disowning ourselves as a government, we junked the TB policy agenda but had nothing to put in its place."
    on Aug 3, 2008 By: Tony Blair Source: guardian.co.uk

  2. "It's not as though I'm disowning my efforts to do glamorous roles. I'm proud of 'Heyy Babyy' and 'Kismat Konnection'. But this year I'm doing films that don't need me to stretch my personality. I'm very happy doing roles that come naturally to me....
    on Feb 26, 2009 By: Vidya Balan Source: Hindu

  3. "The one clarification that I will make is that I committed this mistake on the strong advice of the political leadership at that time who are now blatantly disowning connections with it. My interest was only national, with absolutely no personal...
    on Dec 22, 2009 By: Pervez Musharraf Source: Times of India

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