Origin of eschewMiddle English eschewen from Anglo-French eschuer from Old French eschiver from Old High German sciuhan, to fear: akin to shy
An example of eschew is when you hate airplanes and never go on them.
transitive verbes·chewed, es·chew·ing, es·chews
- To avoid using, accepting, participating in, or partaking of: “Italian tends to eschew the sort of polite euphemisms in which English glories” ( David Leavitt ) See Synonyms at evade.
- To refrain from (doing something).
Origin of eschewMiddle English escheuen from Old French eschivir of Germanic origin akin to shy 1
(third-person singular simple present eschews, present participle eschewing, simple past and past participle eschewed)
- The verb eschew is not normally applied to the avoidance or shunning of a person or physical object, but rather, only to the avoidance or shunning of an idea, concept, or other intangible.
- Certainly, applying a sweetly scented eye mask filled with lavender blossoms is pleasant and safe unless you eschew traditional medicine for a serious condition in favor of aromatherapy.
- Dairy, grains and processed condiments such as vinegar are not considered part of the Paleolithic diet, and a number of true Paleolithic dieters also eschew cooking their food.
- Many serious wine enthusiasts eschew Marilyn Wines because of its kitschy label, but you'll miss a wonderful, affordable American Merlot if you judge a wine by its label.
- From a faith-based perspective, there is a wide-spread belief that demons are the minions of Satan; however, many modern ghost hunters eschew this idea.
- In fine, they eschew theories and confine themselves to visible facts.