an avowed enemy.
to declare frankly or openly; own; acknowledge; confess; admit:
He avowed himself an opponent of all alliances.
An avowed liberal, he seeks to explain his critique of conservatives in psychology and biology.
David’s Book Club David Frum February 20, 2012
He is, in short, an avowed foe of our society and our way of life.
The Fallout from WikiLeaks’ Latest Exposure Tunku Varadarajan November 28, 2010
The Tea Party found its following by rejecting the value and avowed purpose of government itself.
Republicans Who Threaten to Have U.S. Default on Debt Are Nihilists Robert Shapiro January 8, 2013
His avowed goal had once been to get his American citizenship by boxing for the U.S. Olympic team and then turn pro.
Boston Suspects Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, From Boxing to Bombs Michael Daly April 19, 2013
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney, avowed enemies of big government, would likely have blocked both initiatives.
It’s Time America Makes Good Again on Its Belief in Public Works and Public Spirit Daniel Kevles August 31, 2012
These men, christened “Copperheads,” became more odious to loyal Northerners than were the avowed Secessionists.
Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse
Nor were they wrong, for such is the avowed aim of the “Forward Policy.”
The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
Olga was an avowed Anarchist; she was almost a prisoner in the house of her uncle.
Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
He avowed his love for Agnes, and their intention to abide Sir Charles’ decision.
Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
Eppie, like the ascendant race again, made prompt and shameless use of the avowed and very apparent weakness.
The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
to state or affirm
to admit openly
(law, rare) to justify or maintain (some action taken)
early 13c., from Anglo-French avouer, Old French avoer “acknowledge, accept, recognize,” especially as a protector (Modern French avouer), from Latin advocare (see advocate). A synonym of avouch (q.v.), which tends to contain the more technical, legal aspect of the word. Related: Avowed; avowing.
acknowledged; declared: an avowed enemy. Contemporary Examples The endgame for Hamas, avowedly in both word and deed, is Jewish genocide. Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story Thane Rosenbaum July 9, 2014 Domestically, the former governor offers an avowedly nationalistic agenda, focused on American self-sufficiency. Iowa Frontrunner Mike Huckabee Talks to The Daily Beast Lloyd Green […]
a plea by a defendant in an action of replevin who admits taking the distrained goods and shows just cause for the taking.
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