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Definition avoid and stay away from deliberately
  • Her bumper sticker says "Eschew obfuscation."
eschew = avoid and stay away from
  • Eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation.
  • She bit off what she should have eschewed.
  • What cannot be eschew'd must be embrac'd.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • 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
  • They eschewed any unnecessary sign of wealth.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • 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
  • 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
  • Admitting our past faults, modernization, are things we historically eschew.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • No, no, appearances are fooling you, I am the kind of man you should eschew.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Puller eschewed both and headed up the stairs, taking them two at a time.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Henceforth, if one aspired to be considered a member of the Himalayan elite, eschewing bottled oxygen was mandatory.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Da Vinci, however, eschewed mathematics and cryptology for a mechanical solution.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • 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
  • It's a short flight, mostly because the military pilot is happy to eschew comfort in favor of speed.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • They eschewed frippery, except for small, intricate brooches of iron and stone.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • 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

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