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Definitionavoid 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