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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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Examples from the web for eschew
  • Many of us already eschew products that are made, raised or grown by energy and resource intensive methods.
  • But a growing number of automakers are going all-in with battery electric vehicles that eschew petroleum entirely.
  • For a second it sounded as if he were about to eschew public life forever and enter a Trappist monastery.
  • Anne must eschew her debutante ball and go to Duke on a scholarship.
  • Some parents withdraw children from aerobics because they eschew music.
  • We must decide lo use it or to eschew it, and if we decide to use it we must decide what is truth and what is only earnestness.
  • Accordingly, his funds generally eschew leverage, or making bets with borrowed money.
  • They eschew rock music and nearly all popular culture.
  • Most diners would be wise to eschew appetizers, as entree portions are enormous.
  • Their managers generally eschew companies with big dreams and no earnings.
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.

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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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