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The parents repudiated their son.
  strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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repudiate repudiating repudiation repudiated repudiates repudiable
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  • The parents repudiated their son.
  • It is a stunning repudiation of previous policy.
  • She should repudiate her statements and apologize for having uttered them.
  • She repudiated the divorce settlement.

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  • 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  -- 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  -- 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  -- 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  -- 05/21/06)

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  • I repudiate it with disdain—with indignation.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club
  • 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  -- 05/20/06)
  • And precisely because what they "see" is so vague, it is hard to repudiate fortune-tellers’ claims.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • 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
  • at my instigation she repudiated these rumors in no uncertain terms.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • 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
  • He could not disavow his actions, ... so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Nately plunged back into debate with him, determined to repudiate his vile logic and insinuations
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • he had become a sort of walking repudiation of Oxford and all its traditions.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • "That funeral wasn’t about celebrating Kerry’s life," Mom growled, yanking at her scarf. "It was about repudiating it. It was like they killed him all over again."
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • In the eyes of the world, I was doubtless covered with grimy dishonour; but I resolved to be clean in my own sight — and to the last I repudiated the contamination of her crimes, and wrenched myself from connection with her mental defects.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • to repudiate morality while laying claim to it,
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I will need to repudiate them.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I haven’t asked you to repudiate it.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I, who had up to an hour ago repudiated the proofs, felt my heart sink within me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • ...and should in my heart of hearts have repudiated the idea.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "Repudiated by her husband," said Athos.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It’s the easiest of all debts to repudiate.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • It was denounced and repudiated there.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Her expression was neutral, but Blomkvist thought he saw a hint of disappointed repudiation in her eyes.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • He wished he could repudiate Murtagh’s claim, but...
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But, the same consideration that suggested him, repudiated him; he lived in the most violent Quarter, and doubtless was influential there, and deep in its dangerous workings.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He let her come, but when she made advances, he repudiated her and sent her away,
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • And now you have repudiated the character of Lopsang with your "tattle tale" accounts of him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Akhilleus, who had repudiated every constraint of custom and convention,
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Bankruptcy and repudiation are the springboards from which much of our civilization vaults and turns its somersaults,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • the empire has recently come to be repudiated in Italy,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • he scolded him strongly for learning occupations repudiated by the Liberals.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • an idea he utterly repudiated.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • men whose faces Hendon remembered more or less distinctly, came, by day, to gaze at the ’impostor’ and repudiate and insult him;
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Mr. Micawber sat in his elbow-chair, with his eyebrows raised; half receiving and half repudiating Mrs. Micawber’s views...
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • ...the woman he had repudiated five hours earlier.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • repudiate her familiarity with anything so dreadful—
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • we shall hasten to repudiate it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • And then, as Archer made no effort to glance at the paper or to repudiate the suggestion, the lawyer somewhat flatly continued:
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Maybe somebody might give Callahan a little shovelful on somebody else and Callahan might grow a conscience all of a sudden and repudiate his endorser.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Furthermore, it suggests reasons of personal convenience, rather than any definite repudiation,
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Babbitt utterly repudiated the view that he had been trying to discover how approachable was Miss McGoun.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • ...repudiated optimism and pessimism alike.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • I, who repudiated all duty, trampled honor underfoot, and laughed at justice!
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
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