follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

repudiation

[ri-pyoo-dee-ey-shuh n] /rɪˌpyu diˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of repudiating.
2.
the state of being repudiated.
3.
refusal, as by a state or municipality, to pay a lawful debt.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin repudiātiōn- (stem of repudiātiō), equivalent to repudiāt(us) (see repudiate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
repudiatory
[ri-pyoo-dee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈpyu di əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonrepudiation, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for repudiation
  • He construes his election as a repudiation of the law by the people.
  • In offering a repudiation of the previous administration, he also promised a new era of transparency.
  • Whenever an economy allows debt to grow faster than wealth can be created, that economy has a need for debt repudiation.
  • The repudiation of the multi-party talks is also threatening to spread.
  • Moreover, her startlingly luminous house is a repudiation of everything dark and spooky.
  • It's a repudiation of the extraordinary value they offer residents.
Word Origin and History for repudiation
n.

1540s, "divorce" (of a woman by a man), from Latin repudiationem (nominative repudiatio) "a rejection, refusal," noun of action from past participle stem of repudiare (see repudiate). Meaning "action of disowning" is from 1840s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for repudiation

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for repudiation

14
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with repudiation