Eschew vs Askew - What's the difference?

eschew | askew |


As a verb eschew

is (formal) to avoid; to shun, to shy away from.

As an adjective askew is

turned or twisted to one side.

As an adverb askew is

tilted to one side.

eschew

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (formal) To avoid; to shun, to shy away from.
  • Usage notes

    * The verb is not normally applied to the avoidance or shunning of a person or physical object, but rather, only to the avoidance or shunning of an idea, concept, or other intangible.

    Quotations

    {{timeline , 1500s=1599 , 1900s=1927 , 2010s=2014}} * *: What cannot be eschew’d must be embrac’d. * 1927 , *: He could afford no servants, and would admit but few visitors to his absolute solitude; eschewing close friendships and receiving his rare acquaintances in one of the three ground-floor rooms which he kept in order. * '>citation

    Derived terms

    * (l)

    References

    askew

    English

    Alternative forms

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    Adjective

    (head)
  • Turned or twisted to one side.
  • (figuratively) Untoward, unfavourable.
  • Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • tilted to one side.
  • He wore his hat askew
  • with disapproval
  • to look askew

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