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

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.

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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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 Louie Dampier High school: Southport Draft: 1967, 4th round, 38th overall (NBA) Career PER: 15.2 Dampier eschewed the NBA, jumping into the brand-new ABA with the Kentucky Colonels. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft 2019: Ranking Indiana high school alums relative to draft position," 19 Sep. 2018 On state media Thursday, the streets of Daraa appeared calm as the national flag - still eschewed by the opposition - fluttered in the wind and military officials strolled around greeting elderly residents. Louisa Loveluck, chicagotribune.com, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Unlike many European visitors to Cuba, the American newcomers largely eschewed the package tours that corralled tourists at big, beachfront hotels and assembly-line restaurants. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "In Cuba, the great American tourism boom turns to bust," 11 May 2018 Budweiser Budweiser , as always the largest advertiser during the game, eschewed the usual puppies and Clydesdales to showcase employees that send water to places in need. Mae Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Here’s a look at the best and the worst Super Bowl ads," 4 Feb. 2018 Days later, both bored with their regular routines — Karl with his vapid girlfriend, and Danny with stale home life — Danny-as-Lance and Karl-as-Roxette get back into the game, and once again eschew fighting for hooking up. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Black Mirror, Season 5, Episode 1 Recap: "Striking Vipers"," 6 June 2019

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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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