Definition of eschew in English:



  • Deliberately avoid using; abstain from.

    ‘he appealed to the crowd to eschew violence’
    • ‘He eschewed violence and advocated alliance with the middle classes.’
    • ‘By choosing to anchor her fiction within the realms in which most crime occurs, Mina eschews the glamorous settings of other, less realistic novels of the genre.’
    • ‘He speaks perfect English, eschews pomp and formality and uses the Autocue to deliver his speech with a professionalism that should make other politicians envious.’
    • ‘At this level, the book is remarkably sober, eschewing the melodramatic and avoiding definitive conclusions.’
    • ‘The best tribute to the Mahatma would be to eschew hatred and violence and to preach and practise brotherhood.’
    • ‘On the plus side, unlike Julian and Sean Lennon, she has been smart enough to avoid direct comparisons by eschewing a musical career.’
    • ‘He had been a member of the US-backed town council and had eschewed incitements of violence.’
    • ‘Coleman deliberately eschews the emotional seduction natural to the film medium.’
    • ‘He eschews the uniform of the boardroom boss, preferring sports jackets and casual boots to the traditional Savile Row suit and handmade brogues.’
    • ‘This country has avoided faith-based violence by eschewing theocratic government.’
    • ‘Despite such an awe-inspiring client list, Mankowitz eschews the notion of photographer-as-celebrity.’
    • ‘She eschews the politics of personality, protecting her privacy, tending to shy away from the media and preferring to play her role dead straight.’
    • ‘Fischer eschews the term gambling, preferring to call it ‘gaming’.’
    • ‘Davies avoids the trap by eschewing the conventions of drama altogether.’
    • ‘Asking that of her is far more intrusive than asking a person simply to eschew violence.’
    • ‘This is a group that eschews convention and pushes the boundaries just about as far out as they can, with mostly fascinating results.’
    • ‘His call to reason and civil society and to eschewing irrationalities and violence is admirable.’
    • ‘Avoiding the temptation to simply coast on her powerful voice, Case eschews the obvious and instead imbues her music with subtlety and atmosphere.’
    • ‘This is not a pacifist vision that eschews all uses of military force.’
    • ‘Writing that eschews cliché can be refined for eternity.’
    abstain from, refrain from, give up, forgo, forswear, shun, renounce, swear off, abjure, steer clear of, have nothing to do with, give a wide berth to, fight shy of, relinquish, reject, dispense with, disavow, abandon, deny, gainsay, disclaim, repudiate, renege on, spurn, abnegate, abdicate, wash one's hands of, drop
    kick, jack in, pack in
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Late Middle English: from Old French eschiver, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to German scheuen shun also to shy.