Repudiate vs Eschew - What's the difference?

repudiate | eschew |

As verbs the difference between repudiate and eschew

is that repudiate is to reject the truth or validity of something; to deny while eschew is (formal) to avoid; to shun, to shy away from.




  • To reject the truth or validity of something; to deny.
  • To refuse to have anything to do with; to disown.
  • To refuse to pay or honor (a debt).
  • To be repudiated.
  • Quotations

    : "Chaucer . . . not only came to doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, but repudiated it" : "If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America." 1848': '... she dictated to Briggs a furious answer in her own native tongue, '''repudiating Mrs. Rawdon Crawley altogether...' — William Makepeace Thackeray, '' , Chapter XXXIV. "The seventeenth century sometimes seems for more than a moment to gather up and to digest into its art all the experience of the human mind which (from the same point of view) the later centuries seem to have been partly engaged in repudiating ." , Andrew Marvell . "The fierce willingness to repudiate domination in a holistic manner is the starting point for progressive cultural revolution." --




    (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.


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    Derived terms

    * (l)