- to reject as having no authority or binding force: to repudiate a claim.
- to cast off or disown: to repudiate a son.
- to reject with disapproval or condemnation: to repudiate a new doctrine.
- to reject with denial: to repudiate a charge as untrue.
- to refuse to acknowledge and pay (a debt), as a state, municipality, etc.
Origin of repudiate
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Examples from the Web for repudiate
The testimony included that of two defendants, Salaam and Wise, who took the stand to repudiate their confessions.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
But the U.S. could work with Yeltsin—though he chose a successor who would ‘repudiate his legacy.’Blame This Drunken Bear for Vladimir Putin
April 22, 2014
Canada must repudiate extremism on both sides of the conflict.How Can Canada Deal with the Zombie Threat?
February 16, 2013
The goal of broader coverage, however, Republicans do not have to repudiate.The Answer is Romneycare
August 3, 2012
Outrage ensued as the DNC and others called on Mitt to repudiate Ted.After Ted Nugent’s Tirade, More Backers Who Could Wound Mitt Romney
April 18, 2012
Philip was ashamed of his glories, but he had no heart to repudiate them.The Manxman
There was something coming to him on that account which a man could not repudiate or ignore.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
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
There are circumstances in which a good citizen is bound to repudiate all complicity.The Gods are Athirst
- to reject the authority or validity of; refuse to accept or ratifyCongress repudiated the treaty that the President had negotiated
- to refuse to acknowledge or pay (a debt)
- to cast off or disown (a son, lover, etc)
Word Origin and History for repudiate
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.