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- (UK) IPA(key): /ɛsˈtʃuː/, /ɪsˈtʃuː/, /ɪʃˈtʃuː/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɛsˈtʃu/, /ɪsˈtʃu/, /ɛsˈtʃju/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -uː, -u
- (transitive, formal) To avoid; to shun, to shy away from.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- What cannot be eschew'd must be embrac'd.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, 1 Peter 3:11:
- Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
- 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 1, page 218:
- Above all, let her eschew the impertinence of invention; let her leave genius to her milliner.
- 1927, H. P. Lovecraft, "The Horror at Red Hook"
- He could afford no servants, and would admit but few visitors to his absolute solitude; eschewing close friendships and receiving his rare acquaintances in one of the three ground-floor rooms which he kept in order.
- 2014 November 14, Blake Bailey, “'Tennessee Williams,' by John Lahr [print version: Theatrical victory of art over life, International New York Times, 18 November 2014, p. 13]”, in The New York Times:
- 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 65:
- I eschew the idea of plugging in my laptop to take notes and resort to old-fashioned pen and paper instead, so that I can enjoy more of the view and not be distracted by bashing a keyboard.
- The verb eschew is not normally applied to the avoidance or shunning of a person or physical object, but rather, only to the avoidance or shunning of an idea, concept, or other intangible.
- Concise Oxford English Dictionary
- ^ the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary
- ^ MacMillan's British dictionary
- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, eleventh edition
- ^ Dictionary.com's (primary) dictionary
- Keynon and Knott's A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English
- ^ Collins English Dictionary, tenth edition
- ^ John Walker's A Critical Pronuncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language, which quotes James Elphinston, who also preferred the spelling eskew