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 subjectelude 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 2003A fair number of academics eschew the simple title "professor" and call themselves economists, astronomers, historians, philosophers.— Tracy Kidder, Home Town, 1999When 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 on the WebWith covid infections continuing to cause people to eschew personal contact, spending on services didn’t surpass pre-covid levels until mid-2021.
Bill Stone, Forbes, 29 May 2022 The generous interiors, meanwhile, eschew conventional right angles for curving lines and sloped walls.
Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 June 2022 The duo’s practice is rigorous and responsible; Clarke and Bascom eschew synthetic materials in favor of natural ones and incorporate their clients’ identities while working to sidestep clichés.
Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 1 June 2022 Testing, however, may be less accurate these days as more people eschew a nasal swab or test at home and do not report results.
Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 20 Apr. 2022 Many companies eschew conducting surveys during the Summer, as employee vacations abound and businesses often slow.
Mark Murphy, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The contemporary humans certainly are trying to make change, to find their youthful way, to stake their claim on the landscape, to eschew the multigenerational history of racial injustice, but the sprits that surround them have a different idea.
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2022 This includes clapping onto targets, patient and physical corners stymying him at the line, and the desire to eschew easy rushing lanes for necessary yardage to move the chains at the risk of losing yardage and contracting the offensive playbook.
Stephanie Stradley, Chron, 22 Apr. 2022 In what has become a tradition, bands performing during the Winnetka Music Festival eschew a stay in a hotel in favor of bunking with a host family in town.
Kathy Cichon, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 See More
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