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Definition strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
  • The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
  • It is a stunning repudiation of previous policy.
  • repudiation = rejection
  • She should repudiate her statements and apologize for having uttered them.
  • She repudiated the divorce settlement.
  • Repudiate any semblance of racial and religious bigotry.
    James K. Glassman  --  Threats to Security, Threats to Economy  --,pubID.23969/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • He could not disavow his actions, belauded as they were by half the world, and so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Under pressure from Muslims, most of the Eastern churches repudiated their union with Rome, and this is the split that persists to this day.
    East-West Schism - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • These Iraqis wanted the future administration of Iraq to review the debts accumulated under Saddam's regime, to pay back those loans that were used for benign purposes, and to repudiate those that were used for objectionable purposes.
    Patricia Adams  --  Debt Forgiveness  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Besides the three great churches — Lutheran, Reformed, and Anglican — formed during the Reformation, a large number of small sects also arose as a natural consequence of Protestant repudiation of traditional authority and exaltation of private judgment.
    Reformation - MSN Encarta  -- (retrieved 05/21/06)
  • Although he [Luther] later repudiated the harsh, vengeful policy adopted by the nobles, his attitude toward the war lost him many friends.
    Martin Luther - MSN Encarta  -- (retrieved 05/21/06)
  • It might be alleged that the two churches actually reunited in 1274 (by the Second Council of Lyons) and in 1439 (by the Council of Basel), but in each case the councils were repudiated by the Orthodox as a whole, given that the hierarchs had overstepped their authority in consenting to these so-called "unions".
    East-West Schism - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • I repudiate it with disdain—with indignation.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club
  • And precisely because what they "see" is so vague, it is hard to repudiate fortune-tellers' claims.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • repudiate = strongly reject
  • It should be noted that Neff's hypothesis and his entire body of work have been repudiated and dismissed by the vast majority of trained historians and assassination scholars.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • repudiated = strongly rejected
  • this movement is made up of people who have lost faith in America, who have absolutely repudiated Christianity, and who have concluded that the white man is an incorrigible "devil."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • repudiated = strongly rejected
  • at my instigation she repudiated these rumors in no uncertain terms.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • repudiated = strongly rejected
  • The Louisiana delegation and other Southerners publicly repudiated him, and from that moment on his chances for the Presidency were nil.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • repudiated = strongly rejected
  • He could not disavow his actions, ... so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • repudiate = strongly reject
  • Nately plunged back into debate with him, determined to repudiate his vile logic and insinuations
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • repudiate = reject and prove wrong
  • he had become a sort of walking repudiation of Oxford and all its traditions.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
repudiation = strong rejection

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