Etymology
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disown (v.)

1620s; see dis- + own (v.) in the sense "be responsible for, have legal authority over (and thus legal liability for)." Related: Disowned; disowning.

updated on November 12, 2015

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Definitions of disown from WordNet

disown (v.)
prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting;
Synonyms: disinherit
disown (v.)
cast off;
Synonyms: renounce / repudiate
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