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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
Recent Examples of eschew from the Web
But Trump has eschewed the path of his predecessors, who explicitly declared the promotion of human rights to be in the national interest, even if they were forced to make Faustian bargains with unsavory actors.
Related Coverage The San Francisco firm typically eschews board fights and public letters prescribing fixes to a company.
Esper, who is married and has three children in their 20s, has eschewed commentary about polarizing issues while focusing on building up the military.
For her part, Ellsworth has eschewed the insult derby and chided her rivals for providing Democrat Gov. Wolf ammunition for his re-election campaign.
While the United States has largely eschewed regulating companies like Facebook, Britain and other countries in Europe have taken more aggressive stances, seeking to make tighter rules to better protect consumer privacy.
Alabama has typically eschewed these type of series in the Nick Saban era, opting instead for lucrative paydays for neutral site games.
Many fashion brands have recently eschewed fur for their collections, including Versace, Gucci, and Michael Kors.
To be clear, Musselman and his staff have not eschewed high schoolers altogether.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of eschew
- nothing escapes her sharp eyes
- try to avoid past errors
- evaded the question by changing the subject
- what she sees in him eludes me
- you have shunned your responsibilities
- a playwright who eschews melodrama
ESCHEW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of eschew for English Language Learners
: to avoid (something) especially because you do not think it is right, proper, etc.
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