eschew

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

Definition of eschew

transitive verb

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

Other Words from eschew

eschewal \ e-​ˈshü-​əl How to pronounce eschew (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 Not only does half the show take place in a wilderness with little to no technology, its modern segments feature heroines who largely eschew it, with the possible exception of Misty, who is now herself a true-crime junky. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 16 Jan. 2022 Amish and Hutterite farmers in the United States are genetically and culturally similar, with one major exception: The Hutterites have embraced mechanization and technology, while the Amish still eschew it. John J. Ross, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 The rich, for example, tend to travel more, spend more to heat and cool larger homes and eschew public transportation. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2020 Holly and Nina’s alleged experiences, along with those of the other women, seem to fit in with a pattern of celebrity being used to eschew propriety. Marisa Kabas, Rolling Stone, 2 Jan. 2022 But unlike violence intervention programs that eschew law enforcement partnerships, Ceasefire’s fortunes are tied to what happens inside the Police Department. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 None of this is surprising at all for a Rockets diehard: Daryl Morey's Rockets almost became programmed to eschew the mid-range. Rahat Huq, Chron, 10 Dec. 2021 Of course, the option to eschew bridge and tea parties was open only to women for whom the luxury of idle pastimes was already available—the women of Harriet and Fitzhugh’s socioeconomic status. Rebecca Panovka, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 Even snowbirds themselves are apt to eschew the snowbird moniker. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021

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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25 Jan 2022

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“Eschew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eschew. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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eschew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of eschew

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

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