verb es·chew \e-ˈshü, i-; es-ˈchü, is-; also e-ˈskyü\

: to avoid (something) especially because you do not think it is right, proper, etc.

Full Definition of ESCHEW

transitive verb
:  to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds :  shun
es·chew·al \-əl\ noun

Examples of ESCHEW

  1. They now eschew the violence of their past.
  2. a psychologist who eschews the traditional methods of psychotherapy
  3. Though a doctor with psychiatric training, he eschewed the science that had so enamored earlier child-rearing professionals … —Sue Halpern, New York Review of Books, 29 May 2003

Origin of ESCHEW

Middle English, from Anglo-French eschiver (3d present eschiu) of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sciuhen to frighten off — more at shy
First Known Use: 14th century


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