Definition of repudiate in English:



  • 1 Refuse to accept or be associated with.

    ‘she has repudiated policies associated with previous party leaders’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He subsequently, and rightly, repudiated them.’
    • ‘Michael, that story is now being repudiated by Historians and associate directors on Hitchcocks set.’
    • ‘Mahmud rejected the offer, famously repudiating the idea that he should be known as a broker of idols rather than a breaker of them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keynesianism thus evolved from a general theory repudiating laissez-faire economic orthodoxy into a kit of policy tools.’
    • ‘First, neo-evangelicals did not repudiate the fundamentalist past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To escape his aesthetic dilemma, Ambrose must find a form that neither repudiates the past nor slavishly imitates it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Republicans are not repudiating their past, if they accept that their military role is done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But his large vote doesn't indicate that Brazil has repudiated market-friendly policies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fascism explicitly repudiated the bourgeois individualism that it associated with liberalism.’
    • ‘The majority repudiate, in enlightened terms, Taylor's assumptions and personalization if not his ‘thumbs down’ verdict.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We live in a society that has forgotten, and repudiated, its past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The modernist belief that modern art should repudiate the past has been jettisoned.’
    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. 1.1Deny 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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    2. 1.2Law Refuse to fulfill or discharge (an agreement, obligation, or debt)
      ‘breach of a condition gives the other party the right to repudiate a contract’
      • ‘I would advocate going on to repudiate the entire debt outright, and let the chips fall where they may.’
      • ‘When things went poorly for the Spanish, they just repudiated their debts and started over.’
      • ‘The Roosevelt administration also brazenly stepped in and repudiated private and public contracts that required payment in gold.’
      • ‘This leads to the possibility of the US repudiating its existing debt obligations to external creditors.’
      • ‘The logical and just thing was to repudiate the enormous debt incurred by the monarchy.’
      cancel, set aside, revoke, rescind, reverse, retract, overrule, override, overturn, invalidate, nullify, declare null and void, abrogate
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    3. 1.3(especially in the past or in non-Christian religions) divorce (one's wife)
      • ‘The building reminded them of a past that belonged to them and their ancestors, a past they did not wish to repudiate.’
      • ‘Only the husband may repudiate his spouse, although the wife may provoke him to make that decision.’
      • ‘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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Late Middle English (originally an adjective in the sense divorced): from Latin repudiatus divorced, cast off from repudium divorce.