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repudiate

verb

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1 to declare not to be true
  • Ava vigorously repudiated the charge that she had lied on her résumé.
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2 to refuse to acknowledge as one's own or as one's responsibility
  • The angry mother bitterly repudiated her daughter.
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wash one's hands of

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3 to show unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to
  • We didn't like the terms, so we repudiated the proposal.
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turn one's back on

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4 to solemnly or formally reject or go back on (as something formerly adhered to)
  • The producers of the hit TV show threatened to take the disgruntled actor to court if he attempted to repudiate his contract.
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decline, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn mean to turn away by not accepting, receiving, or considering. decline often implies courteous refusal especially of offers or invitations.
    • declined his party's nomination
refuse suggests more positiveness or ungraciousness and often implies the denial of something asked for.
    • refused to lend them the money
reject implies a peremptory refusal by sending away or discarding.
    • rejected the manuscript as unpublishable
repudiate implies a casting off or disowning as untrue, unauthorized, or unworthy of acceptance.
    • teenagers who repudiate the values of their parents
spurn stresses contempt or disdain in rejection or repudiation.
    • spurned his overtures of friendship


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