Eschew vs Elude - What's the difference?

eschew | elude |


As verbs the difference between eschew and elude

is that eschew is (formal) to avoid; to shun, to shy away from while elude is to evade, or escape from someone or something, especially by using cunning or skill.

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

    elude

    English

    Verb

    (elud)
  • To evade, or escape from someone or something, especially by using cunning or skill.
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 26.
  • Thus the observation of human blindness and weakness is the result of all philosophy, and meets us at every turn, in spite of our endeavours to elude or avoid it.
  • To shake off a pursuer; to give someone the slip.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • To escape understanding of; to be incomprehensible to.