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eschew

[es-choo] /ɛsˈtʃu/
verb (used with object)
1.
to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid:
to eschew evil.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
circumvent, boycott; forgo.
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British Dictionary definitions for eschewing

eschew

/ɪsˈtʃuː/
verb
1.
(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 eschewing

eschew

v.

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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eschewing 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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