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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
Even on the court, a place ruled by tradition, Gorsuch showed his independence early by eschewing the tradition of relying upon a pool of clerks to go through cert petitions.
And even President Trump, who has built an entire political brand by eschewing political correctness, got tripped up on this issue and backed down.
Even with threats of protests and boos by Washington baseball fans, by eschewing the ritual of throwing out the first pitch today, Trump has missed a chance to join a presidential tradition.
Spotify eschewed the bankers and went public without a bells-and-whistles IPO.
Lively is famous for eschewing the help of a stylist and dressing herself in stand out pieces from the runways.
In the run-up to its I.P.O., Spotify eschewed the traditional underwriting rites of passage.
Hostesses eschew elaborate floral arrangements and multi-course meals in favor of a no-frills approach that puts the focus on play.
These college students aren’t alone in eschewing traditional spring break activities like sunbathing and partying to help Puerto Rico recover.
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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.
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
ESCHEW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eschew for English Language Learners
: to avoid (something) especially because you do not think it is right, proper, etc.
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