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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Death Cab for Cutie eschewed the usual video of themselves performing on the amphitheater’s large screens, instead choosing to display an array of colorful video static patterns through their set. Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Killers pulled a Milwaukee fan on stage to play bass at sensational Summerfest show," 6 July 2019 Chevy eschewed the usual V layout for its new light-duty diesel. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy adds new 460 lb.-ft. Duramax to 2020 Silverado 1500 lineup," 2 July 2019 But unlike most of her peers, her style eschews L.A. glossiness for shoot-from-the-hip frankness. John Wenzel, The Know, "Jonathan Van Ness, Eddie Izzard, Fortune Feimster and more Colorado comedy you need to see in June," 8 June 2019 By the end of the Obama administration, the government backpedaled on the strategy, with Homeland Security advising that religious terms be eschewed, again specifically mentioning takfir. Ian M. Hartshorn And Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Washington Post, "Here’s what happens when diplomats get involved in religious rhetoric," 11 Apr. 2018 Macy's has been trying jumpstart sales growth in the past two years as consumers have cut back or eschewed malls. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Macy's to close 11 stores in early 2018, estimates $550M tax cut windfall," 4 Jan. 2018 His caponata eschews nearly all the add-ons from the cities distant from Marsala, except the Catanian signature of both red and yellow bell peppers. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Caponata, a mosaic of foods from Sicily," 26 June 2019 The 29-year-old, who grew up in Watts, California, eschews the boxing tradition of belittling his opponent or verbally pounding his chest to elevate his status. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Brandon Adams appreciative for his shot against Houston's Jermall Charlo," 26 June 2019 Stan largely eschews the spotlight that tends to follow his famous family, though he is said to have remained close with his mother and occasionally appeared with her at public events. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside Gloria Vanderbilt's Complicated Relationships with Her Sons," 17 June 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

verb

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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