What does the word avowal mean?

Usage examples for avowal

  1. Your frank avowal in your letter of August 27th is the expression of a belief that if your policy could be successfully carried out the Irish people " would cease to desire Home Rule." – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  2. For if Karslake had done her a cruel wrong in winning her avowal of the love that had been growing in her heart these many weeks, while he was merely amusing himself or serving a secret purpose- whose was the initial blame for that? – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
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