from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To refuse to acknowledge or accept as one's own; repudiate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To refuse to own or to refuse to acknowledge one’s own.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one's self; to disavow or deny, as connected with one's self personally
  • transitive v. To refuse to acknowledge or allow; to deny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To refuse to acknowledge as belonging or pertaining to one's self; deny the ownership of or responsibility for; not to own or acknowledge; repudiate.
  • To deny; not to allow; refuse to admit.
  • Specifically, in the Society of Friends, to remove from membership; dismiss.
  • Synonyms To disavow, disclaim, disallow, renounce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cast off
  • v. prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting


dis- +‎ own (Wiktionary)



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  • The transports move stealthily to sea—
    The sea so prone to take strange freightage eagerly—
    But this sad freightage even the sea disowns
    And lifts its storms and frowns in darker mood
    And never was a cargo more adrift …
    There are no ports, no country’s flag, no waiting hands
    In any land on earth for it.
    Nor any home to take it in.
    And all the prisons are too proud.

    - Kathryn White Ryan, 'Deported'.

    September 22, 2009