Definition of repudiate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Refuse to accept; reject.

    ‘she has repudiated policies associated with previous party leaders’
    • ‘To escape his aesthetic dilemma, Ambrose must find a form that neither repudiates the past nor slavishly imitates it.’
    • ‘Keynesianism thus evolved from a general theory repudiating laissez-faire economic orthodoxy into a kit of policy tools.’
    • ‘The Republican administrations of 1921-33 publicly reaffirmed their commitment to neutrality, repudiating the League in favor of a policy of commercial expansion and political nonintervention.’
    • ‘It's believed that the insurance companies sought to repudiate their policies partly on the basis that the Department had failed to disclose details of penalties imposed prior to 1992.’
    • ‘Rejecting a constricting southern ethos, Florence flees to Harlem and marries Frank, a hard-drinking blues singer; subsequently, she repudiates him for rejecting her middle-class American values.’
    • ‘The majority repudiate, in enlightened terms, Taylor's assumptions and personalization if not his ‘thumbs down’ verdict.’
    • ‘Michael, that story is now being repudiated by Historians and associate directors on Hitchcocks set.’
    • ‘Fascism explicitly repudiated the bourgeois individualism that it associated with liberalism.’
    • ‘Mahmud rejected the offer, famously repudiating the idea that he should be known as a broker of idols rather than a breaker of them.’
    • ‘But his large vote doesn't indicate that Brazil has repudiated market-friendly policies.’
    • ‘When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, a new leadership hastily jettisoned the Party's name, and soon began to repudiate most of its past.’
    • ‘The modernist belief that modern art should repudiate the past has been jettisoned.’
    • ‘Republicans are not repudiating their past, if they accept that their military role is done.’
    • ‘But their cult is now in disarray, and the best writing of the moment has repudiated useless dogmas in favor of the fundamentals of storytelling.’
    • ‘We live in a society that has forgotten, and repudiated, its past.’
    • ‘He continued to argue against the King's divorce and the split with Rome, and in 1534 was arrested after refusing to swear an Oath of Succession repudiating the Pope and accepting the annulment of the marriage to Catherine.’
    • ‘He subsequently, and rightly, repudiated them.’
    • ‘First, neo-evangelicals did not repudiate the fundamentalist past.’
    • ‘James exploited both the weakness of his own ecclesiastical hierarchy and the papacy's fear that he might follow his uncle Henry VIII in repudiating Rome altogether.’
    • ‘Regan quickly says she has received news of Edgar's villainy and has come to repudiate her father's naming of Edgar as his godson.’
    reject, renounce, abandon, forswear, give up, turn one's back on, have nothing more to do with, wash one's hands of, have no more truck with, abjure, disavow, recant, desert, discard, disown, cast off, lay aside, cut off, rebuff
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    1. 1.1Law Refuse to fulfil or discharge (an agreement, obligation, or debt)
      ‘breach of a condition gives the other party the right to repudiate a contract’
      • ‘The logical and just thing was to repudiate the enormous debt incurred by the monarchy.’
      • ‘When things went poorly for the Spanish, they just repudiated their debts and started over.’
      • ‘I would advocate going on to repudiate the entire debt outright, and let the chips fall where they may.’
      • ‘This leads to the possibility of the US repudiating its existing debt obligations to external creditors.’
      • ‘The Roosevelt administration also brazenly stepped in and repudiated private and public contracts that required payment in gold.’
      cancel, set aside, revoke, rescind, reverse, retract, overrule, override, overturn, invalidate, nullify, declare null and void, abrogate
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    2. 1.2 (in the past or in non-Christian religions) disown or divorce (one's wife)
      ‘Philip was excommunicated in 1095 because he had repudiated his wife’
      • ‘Only the husband may repudiate his spouse, although the wife may provoke him to make that decision.’
      • ‘The building reminded them of a past that belonged to them and their ancestors, a past they did not wish to repudiate.’
      • ‘As caput mansi or head of the household, the husband of the mother of the twin boys, should he choose to repudiate his wife, would be following a convention deemed appropriate to protect the social order with respect to unfaithful wives.’
      divorce, end one's marriage to
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  • 2Deny the truth or validity of.

    ‘the minister repudiated allegations of human rights abuses’
    • ‘Carteret's wife Olivia, for her part, is determined to repudiate the legal and moral claims of her mulatto half-sister - Janet Miller - on their father's estate.’
    deny, refute, contradict, rebut, dispute, disclaim, disavow
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Late Middle English (originally an adjective in the sense ‘divorced’): from Latin repudiatus ‘divorced, cast off’, from repudium ‘divorce’.