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disavow

verb abnegate, back down, back out, call back, declare not to be true, decline, deny, deny absolutely, deny connection with, deny emphatically, deny entirely, deny peremptorily, deny responsibility for, deny wholly, diffiteri, disaffirm, disbelieve, discard, disclaim, discredit, disdain, disown, dispense with, dissent, dissociate oneself, forswear, infitiari, infitias ire, invalidate, negate, negative, not accept, not admit, not approve, not confirm, not mainnain, not pass, nullify, pass up, protest, recall, recant, refuse, refuse credence, refuse to accept, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to admit, refuse to corroborate, reject, relinquish, repel, repudiate, repulse, rescind, retract, revoke, scorn, send back, set aside, set at naught, shun, spurn, take back, traverse, turn away from, turn back, turn from, veto, withdraw
See also: contradict, controvert, defect, demur, deny, disaccord, disaffirm, disallow, disapprove, disclaim, disdain, dismiss, disown, gainsay, negate, recant, refuse, reject, renounce, repudiate, withdraw

TO DISAVOW. To deny the authority by which an agent pretends to have acted as when he has exceeded the bounds of his authority.
     2. It is the duty of the principal to fulfill the contracts which have been entered into by his authorized agent; and when an agent has exceeded his authority, he ought promptly to disavow such act, so that the other party may have his remedy against the agent. See Agent; Principal.

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Both Patterson and Aers compellingly argued that within much early modern literary criticism, a process of disavowal is taking place.
The purpose of this fairly detailed summary of Patterson's and Aers's cogent objections to early modern literary critics' disavowal of medieval studies is not to intervene in a period-controversy over the origin of the western "subject.
17) If, in 1990, Patterson took early modern literary criticism to task for holding captive in its "secret cellar" a disavowal of medieval selfhood, in 2001 he claims that for the last decade what has been held captive in the "secret cellar" of psychoanalytic approaches to medieval texts is medieval history.
Rather, I wish to emphasize that Patterson's essay, like his earlier 1990 critique of early modern literary criticism for its disavowal of prior medieval "selves," also tells a tale of desire and disavowal.
Pop art suffered an even more direct disavowal at the hands of Benjamin H.
What is regrettable, however, is the fact that the entire collection appears to be blissfully unwilling or reluctant to acknowledge or engage recent radical developments in post-colonial criticism, particularly the disavowal of agency, the notion of hybridity, or what Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Vlastos rejects Xenophon as an authentic historical source for the philosophical doctrine of the historical Socrates because his work does not contain the kind of complex ironies embodied in disavowals of knowledge and teaching.
The wording here implies that Socratic irony is essentially self-disparaging, and while Socrates does engage in such behaviour often, he does so most famously in his disavowals of knowledge.
Nixon, as the spiritual godfather of the contemporary disavowal movement, set the tenor for the times in his lifelong denial of responsibility for the Watergate break-in and cover-up.
Whatever his disavowals, you can see the Surrealists' effect on his collages and drawings.
Like "flaneur," "sadomasochist," "vegetarian," or "abstract expressionist," "paparazzo" describes a practice, but also a refined, phantasmatic field of images, allegiances, and disavowals.
Most artists, in any case, are ecorche specialists--curiosity seekers of the latent, closet neo-Platonists obsessed by appearances that constantly disappoint, perennially stripping the surfaces off materials to see how they work, engaged, despite all disavowals, in a hunt for their version of the beautiful.