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an open statement of affirmation; frank acknowledgment or admission.
Historical Examples

He could not find words with which to make his avowal or to present his appeal.
Miss Billy Eleanor H. Porter

The very fact that they come to us for help is an avowal of their honesty.
Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus Jessie Graham Flower

The old man’s avowal of loyalty was taken for what it was worth.
Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) John McElroy

There was something in the tone of this avowal that made Jan think.
Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker

But, though the heartiness of this avowal was grateful to him, he could not repress his surprise at it.
A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow

In the provinces, to live in another person’s house is an avowal of poverty.
The Fortune of the Rougons Emile Zola

She made no answer, but it was easy to perceive that my avowal had not displeased her.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

On the morning after her avowal it was ten o’clock before Clotilde left her room.
Doctor Pascal Emile Zola

Had Geoffrey come to claim her on the strength of her own avowal?
Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick

“I have scarce courage for the avowal,” said she, in a low, faint voice.
Roland Cashel Charles James Lever


1727, from avow + -al (2).


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