Smith declined to discuss the book further, but he is not alone in taking the throwback Gothic tale seriously.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security declined interview requests.
“We are fighting a defensive war; not an offensive one,” says a peshmerga commander, who declined to be named for this article.
Anderson declined to run a correction, even after Rummy gave him a tour of the office.
Colonel Edward Thomas, a spokesman for Dempsey, declined to respond specifically to the attacks from Republican lawmakers.
Mrs. Meyrick jumped at the proposal, but declined all terms.
Mr. Dawson, however, declined the gage of battle altogether.
The crown was tendered by them to Prince John of Saxony, who declined it.
Mrs Rowland could not go, of course; and Margaret declined: but all the rest went.
It is much to be regretted that the British government has declined all invitations to take part in this great international work.
late 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from Old French decliner "to sink, decline, degenerate, turn aside," from Latin declinare "to lower, avoid, deviate, to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" (see de-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since c.1400 by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent, politely refuse," is from 1630s. Related: Declined; declining.
early 14c., "deterioration, degeneration," from Old French declin (see decline (v.)).