eschew

verb
es·​chew | \ e-ˈshü How to pronounce eschew (audio) , i-; es-ˈchü, is-; also e-ˈskyü How to pronounce eschew (audio) \
eschewed; eschewing; eschews

Definition of eschew

transitive verb

: to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds : shun

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Other Words from eschew

eschewal \ e-​ˈshü-​əl How to pronounce eschewal (audio) , i-​ ; es-​ˈchü-​ , is-​ ; also  e-​ˈskyü-​ \ noun

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escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent. nothing escapes her sharp eyes avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty. try to avoid past errors evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding. evaded the question by changing the subject elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes. what she sees in him eludes me shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence. you have shunned your responsibilities eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful. a playwright who eschews melodrama

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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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Such elaborate celebrations are ironic because Einstein was known for eschewing birthday parties. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Poignant Story of Albert Einstein's 'Magnificent' 70th Birthday Party," 13 Mar. 2020 Trevino, a Fort Worth native, eschewed the usual conservatory routes to a conducting career. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fort Worth Symphony delivers expert and expressive performance for conductor Robert Trevino," 29 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg’s strategy has been to essentially create a parallel race to the Democratic nomination, eschewing the earliest primaries and focusing instead on the later, delegate-rich states like Texas, California and Arkansas that vote on March 3. Washington Post, "Bloomberg’s unusual 2020 strategy turns to Utah post-debate," 21 Feb. 2020 He's topped the field in fundraising, despite eschewing high-dollar donors. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, "Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied with almost all results tallied in Iowa Democratic caucuses," 6 Feb. 2020 The new Napa label, which was the subject of my recent column, is an effort to restore exuberant fruitiness to California bubbly, eschewing the autolytic (read: yeasty, briochey) flavors that characterize many Champagnes. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Looking through the wine glass at 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Johnson’s withdrawal agreement, which will now sail through Parliament, hews to a hard-line version of Brexit, eschewing participation in the European single market or customs union. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 14 Dec. 2019 In the meantime the children strike, eschewing hierarchical models of power and control in favor of consensus. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The World According to Greta," 22 Oct. 2019 Far from eschewing responsibility, Hochman said Sloane owned up to his crime soon after he was arrested in March. Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times, "Prosecutors in college admissions scandal fighting for prison time for parents," 23 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eschew.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of eschew

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eschew

Middle English, from Anglo-French eschiver (3rd present eschiu) of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sciuhen to frighten off — more at shy

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“Eschew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eschew. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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eschew

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English Language Learners Definition of eschew

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

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