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eschew

[es-choo]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.
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Origin of eschew

1300–50; Middle English eschewen < Old French eschiver, eschever < Germanic; compare Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen, shy2
Related formses·chew·al, nounes·chew·er, nounun·es·chewed, adjective

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eschew

verb
  1. (tr) to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc); shun; avoid
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Derived Formseschewal, nouneschewer, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French eschiver, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German skiuhan to frighten away; see shy 1, skew
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Word Origin and History for eschew

v.

mid-14c., from Old French eschiver "shun, eschew, avoid, dispense with," from Frankish *skiuhan "dread, avoid, shun," from Proto-Germanic *skeukhwaz (cf. Old High German sciuhen "to avoid, escape," German scheuen "to fear, shun, shrink from," scheu "shy, timid"); see shy (v.). Related: Eschewed; eschewing. Italian schivare "to avoid, shun, protect from," schivo "shy, bashful" also are loan words from West Germanic.

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