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1‘a world that repudiated aggression and violence as a way of resolving disputes’
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
2‘Cranham repudiated the allegations’
deny, refute, contradict, rebut, dispute, disclaim, disavow
dismiss, brush aside
rare controvert, negate
3‘Egypt repudiated the treaty’
cancel, set aside, revoke, rescind, reverse, retract, overrule, override, overturn, invalidate, nullify, declare null and void, abrogate
refuse to fulfil, disregard, ignore, disobey, dishonour, renege on, go back on, backtrack on
disaffirm, avoid, vacate
ratify, accept, abide by
4‘he repudiated his first wife’
divorce, end one's marriage to
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