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Her bumper sticker says "Eschew obfuscation."
  avoid and stay away from deliberately
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Eschew typically implies that something is avoided because the avoider thinks of it as distasteful or wrong.
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  • Her bumper sticker says "Eschew obfuscation."
  • Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation.
  • She bit off what she should have eschewed.
  • In the end Jocelyn had eschewed a fancy dress and gone with a plain white sundress and her hair up in a messy bun with, yes, a colored pencil stuck through it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • Because there were no soulinates for me at Green-hedges, I took to roaming about by myself, resolutely eschewing the expenditure of energy on anything even remotely useful; and thereby, if anyone had had the sense to see it, giving a perfectly clear indication of the pattern of my future.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Puller eschewed both and headed up the stairs, taking them two at a time.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Although gratuities in the South—at least up until that time—had been in general eschewed or never taken seriously, he should have known better than to tip Thomas McGuire a nickel—wiser to give no tip at all.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Da Vinci, however, eschewed mathematics and cryptology for a mechanical solution.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He eschewed his uniform for blue jeans, tennis shoes, and a T-shirt, and made his way around town in his old Ford 150 pickup truck, talking to longtime residents and new arrivals alike.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Admitting our past faults, modernization, are things we historically eschew.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • They eschewed frippery, except for small, intricate brooches of iron and stone.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • We will not speak of all Queequeg’s peculiarities here; how he eschewed coffee and hot rolls, and applied his undivided attention to beefsteaks, done rare.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Well may he eschew the calm of domestic life; it is not his element: there his faculties stagnate — they cannot develop or appear to advantage.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The Order is eschewing any form of transport that is controlled or regulated by the Ministry; they mistrust everything to do with the place.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Henceforth, if one aspired to be considered a member of the Himalayan elite, eschewing bottled oxygen was mandatory.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Here was a show that eschewed what turns out to be the most important of all ways of reaching young children.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The instant David discovered that he battled with a disputant who imbibed his faith from the lights of nature, eschewing all subtleties of doctrine, he willingly abandoned a controversy from which he believed neither profit nor credit was to be derived.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He achieves this mainly through his diction, which eschews neoclassical La-tinity and stays as far as possible near the Germanic, monosyllabic roots of English.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Cedric, munching on toast, eschews that idea with a humble nod but is delighted that someone noticed something about him beyond pigment.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And ever as much as he might he withdrew him from the company and fellowship of Queen Guenever, for to eschew the slander and noise; wherefore the queen waxed wroth with Sir Launcelot.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Guitar, eschewing his recent asceticism, allowed himself the pleasure of waking up old dreams: what he would buy for his grandmother and her brother, Uncle Billy, the one who had come up from Florida to help raise them all after his father died; the marker he would buy for his father’s grave, "pink with lilies carved on it"; then stuff for his brother and sisters, and his sisters’ children.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Some people consider Fairs immoral altogether, and eschew such, with their servants and families: very likely they are right.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He had no need to be strict with himself, as he had very quickly been brought down to the required light weight; but still he had to avoid gaining flesh, and so he eschewed farinaceous and sweet dishes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Whist has long been noted for its influence upon what is termed the calculating power; and men of the highest order of intellect have been known to take an apparently unaccountable delight in it, while eschewing chess as frivolous.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • It was a modern parallel to the case of Ixion embracing a cloud, and was so much the more ridiculous as the Judge prided himself on eschewing all airy matter, and never mistaking a shadow for a substance.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Zooey turned and looked at her, and—unpredictable young man—made a very dour face, as though he had suddenly eschewed any and all forms of levity.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Now this was one of the things I had been brought up to eschew like disgrace; it being held by my father neither the part of a Christian nor yet of a gentleman to set his own livelihood and fish for that of others, on the cast of painted pasteboard.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Dubbed the nation’s most eligible bachelor, Vanderbilt eschewed the debauchery that would have tempted other men fresh out of their teens and into a bottomless bank account.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • At all events he wound up by concluding, eschewing for the nonce hidebound precedent, a cup of Epps’s cocoa and a shakedown for the night plus the use of a rug or two and overcoat doubled into a pillow at least he would be in safe hands and as warm as a toast on a trivet he failed to perceive any very vast amount of harm in that always with the proviso no rumpus of any sort was kicked up.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They had been hearing isolated reports from the radio and others who had stayed in the city, and they were all relieved they had eschewed shelter there; they had known it would turn out poorly.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The St. Croix family had mastered the art of placing distance between themselves and others, eschewing physicality as an activity practiced by the lower classes.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Several months later, near the beginning of August, a woman from the city of Hinche, eschewing the dreadful public hospital there—floors of rotting wood, an open sewer out back, no medicine without cash—brought her son by tap-tap over the road to Zanmi Lasante.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • No, no, appearances are fooling you, I am the kind of man you should eschew.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • They eschewed any unnecessary sign of wealth.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I eschew Nightwing for Ann.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • It’s a short flight, mostly because the military pilot is happy to eschew comfort in favor of speed.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Naturally they don’t eschew such simpler pleasures as love-making, sea-bathing, going to the pictures.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I perceived that these ministers of the gospel eschewed all parties with the anxiety attendant upon personal interest.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • It is characteristic of your years to eschew manly resolve in favor of temporary experimentation with all sorts of standpoints.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • It was never wise for a ruler to eschew the trappings of power, for power itself flows in no small measure from such trappings.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Mr. Wilcox had eschewed those decorative schemes that wince, and relent, and refrain, and achieve beauty by sacrificing comfort and pluck.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
    The Bible  --  Job
  • The gentle oath, the violent adjective, which are typical of our language and which he had cultivated before as a sign of manliness, he now elaborately eschewed.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Vicky’s brother’s band has, as far as I can tell, opted to eschew the dress code by wearing shorts, flip-flops, and, in the case of Kurt, the keyboardist, no shirt.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • And ever as much as he might he withdrew him from the company and fellowship of Queen Guenever, for to eschew the slander and noise; wherefore the queen waxed wroth with Sir Launcelot.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Virtually all yaws result from movements of the rudder, the vertical panel in the tail, but pilots of commercial jets eschew use of the rudder out of consideration for their passengers.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Men, of course, are not snobs, I continued, carefully eschewing ’the arrant feminism’ of Miss Rebecca West; but they appreciate with sympathy for the most part the efforts of a countess to write verse.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Further evidence of the centrality of emergency obstetrics came from a study of a fundamentalist Christian church in Indiana whose members were affluent, well-educated, and well-nourished Americans, yet who for spiritual reasons eschewed doctors and hospitals.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • What cannot be eschew’d must be embrac’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Then is it wisdom, as it thinketh me, To make a virtue of necessity, And take it well, that we may not eschew*, *escape And namely what to us all is due.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
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