What does the word avowal mean?

Usage examples for avowal

  1. The poor fellow had conceived a shrinking horror of the avowal he should be compelled to make of his own failure, and did not dare to expose himself to such a test. – St. Patrick's Eve by Charles James Lever
  2. 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
  3. 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