vot-; vov-; vow

(Latin: affirm, wish, commit; to promise solemnly, to pledge, to give earnestly)

disavow (verb), disavows; disavowed; disavowing
To deny any knowledge of, responsibility for, or any association with someone or something: Jack suddenly disavowed his friendship with Susan, although they had had many good times together over the years.
disavowal (s) (noun), disavowals (pl)
1. The denial of any connection with, or knowledge of, someone or something: Bob's disavowals indicated that he had no idea as to how the window was broken at the back of his house.
2. A repudiation or denial: Lucinda's disavowal indicated that there was no way that she could know what the other students were talking about.
disavowedly (adverb), more disavowedly, most disavowedly
A reference to disclaiming any association with, or connection with, and repudiating any responsibility for any action that has taken place: Greg disavowedly stated that he never had anything to do with the crime that was committed yesterday.
disavower (s) (noun), disavowers (pl)
A person who refuses to acknowledge, who disclaims knowledge of, responsibility for, or any association with someone or something: The disavower, or denier, turned out to be little Tim, who said he had nothing to do with breaking the dish in the kitchen!
The word, avow
To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; to confess: "avow guilt" does NOT come from the same Latin source as vow. It is based on Latin, vocare, "to call".
1. A person bound by vows to live a life of religious worship or service; a devout adherent of a cult or religion; a committed worshiper; as "the votaries of Aphrodite".
2. A person who is filled with enthusiasm, as for a pursuit or hobby; an enthusiast.
A formal expression of preference for a candidate for office or for a proposed resolution of an issue; a means by which such a preference is made known, such as, "a raised hand or a marked ballot".
1. Given, or dedicated in fulfillment of a vow or pledge; such as, "a votive offering".
2. Expressing or symbolizing a wish, desire, or vow; as, "a votive prayer"; "votive candles".