Eschew vs Forego - What's the difference?

eschew | forego |

As verbs the difference between eschew and forego

is that eschew is (formal) to avoid; to shun, to shy away from while forego is to precede, to go before or forego can be ; to abandon, to relinquish.




(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.


    {{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)




    Etymology 1

    (etyl) .


  • To precede, to go before.
  • * Wordsworth
  • pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone
    Usage notes
    * The sense to precede'' is usually found in the form of the participles ''foregone'' (especially in the phrase "a foregone conclusion") and ''foregoing (usually used either attributively, as in "the foregoing discussion", or substantively, as in "subject to the foregoing").

    Etymology 2

    See forgo


  • ; to abandon, to relinquish
  • * 1762 Waller, T. The White Witch of the Wood, or the Devil of Broxbon'', in ''The Beauties of all the Magazines Selected, for the Year 1762 , Vol. I (February), page 34:
  • […] for on no other terms does she desire a reconciliation, but will sooner forego all the hopes to which her birth entitles her, and get her bread by service, than ever yield to become the wife of the ——.
    Usage notes
    * Many writers prefer the spelling forgo on the grounds that it avoids ambiguity.


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