Eschew Definition

eschewed, eschewing, eschews
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To keep away from (something harmful or disliked); shun; avoid; abstain from.
Webster's New World
To avoid using, accepting, participating in, or partaking of.
American Heritage
To refrain from (doing something).
American Heritage

(formal) To avoid; to shun, to shy away from.


Origin of Eschew

  • From Middle English eschewen, from Anglo-Norman eschiver (third-person present eschiu), from Frankish *sciuhan (“to dread, shun, avoid”), from Proto-Germanic *skiuhwijaną (“to frighten”). Cognate with Old High German sciuhen (“to frighten off”). More at shy.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English escheuen from Old French eschivir of Germanic origin akin to shy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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