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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Disney+ is part of Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger’s broader strategy to adapt to changes in the media landscape, as people increasingly eschew traditional cable television packages and expect more films available in the home. Meg James, The Seattle Times, "Disney announces Disney+ will launch November 12, at $6.99 a month," 11 Apr. 2019 Which means that Trump’s policies — which purposely eschew international cooperation and engagement — come at the most inopportune time. Alex Ward, Vox, "America’s declining power, in one quote," 14 Sep. 2018 Markle has already proved herself to be a royal unlike any other, at least clothing-wise, with her decisions to sometimes eschew cardigans and wear a messy bun at her wedding. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Is A Royal On Her Own Terms — & Her Latest Look Is Proof," 9 June 2018 Though Kirsten's life is obviously lived in the public eye, Jonathan prefers to keep a low profile, appearing on his wife's social media occasionally but eschewing developing one of his own. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who is Kirsten Gillibrand's Husband Jonathan Gillibrand?," 27 Mar. 2019 That’s not in line with statements by DeWine, 71, a former lieutenant governor and U.S. senator, who’s pledged case-by-case decisions on Trump and eschewed a couple joint appearances. Julie Carr Smyth, The Seattle Times, "In tight race, Ohio governor rivals hedging bets on Trump," 30 Oct. 2018 Where things get murky is that Musk eschews the Lidar systems that most carmakers and tech companies are using. Fortune, "Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?," 31 May 2018 The true, rich dynamics and frequency ranges of the wood were dulled and thus a lot of people eschewed polyester and polyurethane and still do to this day. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?," 31 Dec. 2018 For their show, the curators have decided to keep the space completely open, eschewing any sort of dividing walls, while placing an emphasis on large-scale, multimedia pieces. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "Artists explore diasporic roots, create new futures in SOMArts show," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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