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Examples of eschew in a Sentence
- 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
- A fair number of academics eschew the simple title "professor" and call themselves economists, astronomers, historians, philosophers. —Tracy Kidder, Home Town, 1999
- When introduced to a stranger, he eschewed formalities, stuck out a gnarled right hand and responded with a chummy, "Hermann." —Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated, 2 Feb. 1998
They now eschew the violence of their past.
a psychologist who eschews the traditional methods of psychotherapy
Recent Examples of eschew from the Web
Matt Besler eschewed opportunities in Europe for a rich deal in Kansas City.
Tevas, Uggs and Birkenstocks are all enjoying a resurgence, as shoppers eschew high heels in favor of less glamorous footwear.
As Sam Miller notes in this excellent piece for ESPN, the 2017 season has seen a lot of bad offensive seasons featuring a lot of home runs, as hitters sell out for distance and eschew contact in a game where pitchers throw harder than ever before.
Like other automakers, it has been caught flat-footed as consumer tastes have changed, eschewing passenger sedans in favor of sport-utility vehicles.
But to expect Thug would follow any traditional concept of singing would be to ignore his track record of eschewing what had been generally accepted as rap’s norms.
Still, there are times when Meyer himself eschews the automation of the Shake Shack app.
The biggest opportunity lies in lending, which Goldman once eschewed but more recently has embraced.
Unlike many of the homeless people who frequent the Capitol, Koroush eschewed handouts.
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Did You Know?
Eschew derives from the Anglo-French verb eschiver and is akin to the Old High German verb sciuhen ("to frighten off"), an ancestor of our word shy. In his famous dictionary of 1755 Dr. Samuel Johnson characterized "eschew" as "almost obsolete." History has proven that the great lexicographer was wrong on that call, however. William Thackeray found "eschew" alive enough to use it almost one hundred years later in his classic novel Vanity Fair: "He has already eschewed green coats, red neckcloths, and other worldly ornaments." The word swelled in usage in English during the 19th and 20th centuries and is now common enough to be included even in small paperback dictionaries.
Synonymsavoid, dodge, duck, elude, escape, evade, finesse, get around, scape, shake, shirk, shuffle (out of), shun, weasel (out of)
Related Wordsmiss; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off); ban, bar, debar, eliminate, except, exclude, preclude, rule out; bypass, circumvent, skirt; foil, fox, frustrate, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach, thwart
Near Antonymsaccept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incur
Synonym Discussion of eschew
- nothing escapes her sharp eyes
- try to avoid past errors
- evaded the question by changing the subject
- what she sees in him eludes me
- you have shunned your responsibilities
- a playwright who eschews melodrama
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