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Tuesday, December 14, 1999

Definitions for eschew

  1. To shun; to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful).

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Citations for eschew
In high school and college the Vassar women had enjoyed that lifestyle, but afterward they had eschewed it as shallow. Nina Burleigh, A Very Private Woman
While teaching in Beijing, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang in the late 1920s, he helped launch what became known as the "new poetry" movement, which eschewed traditional forms and encouraged topics based on everyday life. Bruce Gilley, Tiger on the Brink
Origin of eschew
1300-1350
Eschew comes from Old French eschiver, ultimately of Germanic origin, scheuchen.