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[es-choo] /ɛsˈtʃu/
verb (used with object)
to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid:
to eschew evil.
Origin of eschew
1300-50; Middle English eschewen < Old French eschiver, eschever < Germanic; compare Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen, shy2
Related forms
eschewal, noun
eschewer, noun
uneschewed, adjective
circumvent, boycott; forgo. Unabridged
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  • eschew that friend, if thou art wise, who consorts with thy enemies.

    Book of Wise Sayings W. A. Clouston
  • He did not eschew work because he was lazy, it seemed; but he saw no use in it.

  • The girls are learning more self-respect—if they could only achieve that and eschew the other follies it would be a clear gain.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • You're surely not going to eschew the higher mammals, like our respected father-in-law?

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • It is the quietest of all quiet places, and we are hermits that eschew caves and live in the sun.

British Dictionary definitions for eschew


(transitive) to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc); shun; avoid
Derived Forms
eschewal, noun
eschewer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French eschiver, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German skiuhan to frighten away; see shy1, skew
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Word Origin and History for eschew

mid-14c., from Old French eschiver "shun, eschew, avoid, dispense with," from Frankish *skiuhan "dread, avoid, shun," from Proto-Germanic *skeukhwaz (cf. Old High German sciuhen "to avoid, escape," German scheuen "to fear, shun, shrink from," scheu "shy, timid"); see shy (v.). Related: Eschewed; eschewing. Italian schivare "to avoid, shun, protect from," schivo "shy, bashful" also are loan words from West Germanic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eschew in the Bible

from old French eschever, "to flee from" (Job 1:1, 8; 2:3; 1 Pet. 3:11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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