eschew
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French eschiver (3d present eschiu) of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German sciuhen to frighten off — more at shy Date: 14th century to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds ; shun Synonyms: see escapeeschewal noun

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  • Eschew — Es*chew , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eshewed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Eshewing}.] [OF. eschever, eschiver, eskiver, F. esquiver, fr. OHG. sciuhen, G. scheuen; akin to E. sky. See {Shy}, a.] 1. To shun; to avoid, as something wrong, or from a feeling of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eschew — (v.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. eschiver shun, eschew, avoid, dispense with, from Frankish *skiuhan dread, avoid, shun, from P.Gmc. *skeukhwaz (Cf. O.H.G. sciuhen to avoid, escape, Ger. scheuen to fear, shun, shrink from, scheu shy, timid ); see SHY… …   Etymology dictionary

  • eschew — I verb abstain, avoid, back away from, boycott, bypass, deny oneself, do without, elude, evade, flee from, forbear, forswear, give a wide berth, have nothing to do with, keep at a distance, keep away, keep clear of, keep out of the way, make… …   Law dictionary

  • eschew — vb 1 shun, elude, avoid, evade, *escape Antonyms: choose Contrasted words: *adopt, embrace, espouse: *incur, contract, catch 2 forbear, *forgo, abnegate, sacrifice Analogous words …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • eschew — [v] have nothing to do with abandon, abjure, abstain, avoid, double, duck, elude, evade, forgo, forswear, give up, have no truck with*, let well enough alone*, not touch, refrain, renounce, sacrifice, shun, shy, shy away from, steer clear of*,… …   New thesaurus

  • eschew — ► VERB ▪ abstain from. DERIVATIVES eschewal noun. ORIGIN Old French eschiver, related to SHY(Cf. ↑shyness) …   English terms dictionary

  • eschew — [es cho͞o′] vt. [ME eschewen < Anglo Fr eschuer < OFr eschiver < OHG sciuhan, to fear: akin to SHY1] to keep away from (something harmful or disliked); shun; avoid; abstain from eschewal n …   English World dictionary

  • eschew — [14] Eschew is ultimately of Germanic origin, although it reached English via French. Its remote ancestor is prehistoric Germanic *skeukhwaz, source also of English shy. A verb based on this, *skeukhwan, was borrowed into Vulgar Latin as *skīvāre …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • eschew — UK [ɪsˈtʃuː] / US [esˈtʃu] verb [transitive] Word forms eschew : present tense I/you/we/they eschew he/she/it eschews present participle eschewing past tense eschewed past participle eschewed very formal to avoid doing something, especially for… …   English dictionary

  • eschew — [14] Eschew is ultimately of Germanic origin, although it reached English via French. Its remote ancestor is prehistoric Germanic *skeukhwaz, source also of English shy. A verb based on this, *skeukhwan, was borrowed into Vulgar Latin as *skīvāre …   Word origins

  • eschew — eschewal, n. eschewer, n. /es chooh /, v.t. to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil. [1300 50; ME eschewen < OF eschiver, eschever < Gmc; cf. OHG sciuhen, G scheuchen, SHY2] Syn. circumvent, boycott; forgo. * * * …   Universalium

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