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repudiate

[ri-pyoo-dee-eyt] /rɪˈpyu diˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), repudiated, repudiating.
1.
to reject as having no authority or binding force:
to repudiate a claim.
2.
to cast off or disown:
to repudiate a son.
3.
to reject with disapproval or condemnation:
to repudiate a new doctrine.
4.
to reject with denial:
to repudiate a charge as untrue.
5.
to refuse to acknowledge and pay (a debt), as a state, municipality, etc.
Origin of repudiate
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin repudiātus (past participle of repudiāre to reject, refuse), equivalent to repudi(um) a casting off, divorce (re- re- + pud(ere) to make ashamed, feel shame (see pudendum) + -ium -ium) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
repudiable, adjective
repudiative, adjective
repudiator, noun
nonrepudiable, adjective
nonrepudiative, adjective
unrepudiable, adjective
unrepudiated, adjective
unrepudiative, adjective
Can be confused
repudiate, refute, refudiate (see word story at refudiate)
Synonyms
1. disavow, renounce, discard, disclaim. 3. condemn, disapprove.
Antonyms
1. accept. 3. approve.
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Examples from the Web for repudiate
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  • Philip was ashamed of his glories, but he had no heart to repudiate them.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • There was something coming to him on that account which a man could not repudiate or ignore.

  • I ought to have said the bargain ceases the instant you repudiate it.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • This was the feeling that had made it incumbent on him to repudiate a wife who had so treated him.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • There are circumstances in which a good citizen is bound to repudiate all complicity.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for repudiate

repudiate

/rɪˈpjuːdɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to reject the authority or validity of; refuse to accept or ratify: Congress repudiated the treaty that the President had negotiated
2.
to refuse to acknowledge or pay (a debt)
3.
to cast off or disown (a son, lover, etc)
Derived Forms
repudiable, adjective
repudiation, noun
repudiative, adjective
repudiator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin repudiāre to put away, from repudium a separation, divorce, from re- + pudēre to be ashamed
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Word Origin and History for repudiate
v.

1540s, "to cast off by divorce," from Latin repudiatus, past participle of repudiare "to cast off, put away, divorce, reject, scorn, disdain," from repudium "divorce, rejection, a putting away, dissolution of marriage," from re- "back, away" (see re-) + pudium, probably related to pes-/ped- "foot" [Barnhart]. If this is so, the original notion may be of kicking something away, but folk etymology commonly connects it with pudere "cause shame to." Of opinions, conduct, etc., "to refuse to acknowledge," attested from 1824. Earliest in English as an adjective meaning "divorced, rejected, condemned" (mid-15c.). Related: Repudiated; repudiating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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