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[es-choo] /ɛsˈtʃu/
verb (used with object)
to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid:
to eschew evil.
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 eschewed
  • There's a reason the technology sector has long eschewed borrowing.
  • Many countries eschewed their past habit of abusing a boom to borrow.
  • He particularly eschewed the use of the sort of inflatable friends that you can purchase in an adult bookstore.
  • To this end he has eschewed any coherent strategy while developing into a master tactician.
  • Many teams eschewed straightforward approaches to marrying fuel and electric power.
  • Anything that interferes with or distracts from it must be eschewed.
  • Those that have eschewed government capital, meanwhile, fear being undercut by artificially cheap loans.
  • Because of the maintenance costs for these designs, they are eschewed by the industry.
  • It eschewed any meaningful fiscal stimulus in recession so now has less to do to control the deficit.
  • Americans, being more practical, generally eschewed such fantastical and useless architectural objects.
British Dictionary definitions for eschewed


(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 eschewed



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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eschewed 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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