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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Late Middle English, 14th century


To avoid as a point of habit


To shun or abstain from something for moral reasons

Examples of Eschew in a sentence

"She eschews alcohol and drugs in favor of a healthy, low-key lifestyle."

"Many religious figures in history have eschewed basic comforts to get closer to the noble truths they pursue."

About Eschew

Many religious faiths around the world require the eschewing of certain foods, activities, or lifestyles as a sign of respect or reverence towards their god or gods. Judaism is among the most famous of these, with strict adherents eschewing fish without fins or scales, shellfish, and pigs.

Did you Know?

What does eschewing something from your life have to do with being shy? Their relationship is etymological, as both words originally came from an Old German verb that meant "to frighten off."

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