If you eschew something, you deliberately avoid it. If you live the bohemian life in the city, then most likely you eschew the suburbs.

  • Pronunciation: /ɪsˈtʃuː/
  • English Description: avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
  • Synonyms: shun
  • Chinese Translation: 避开(bi4 kai1)
  • Spanish Translation: evitar
  • ORIGIN: Eschew comes from a word meaning dread, or shun. So to eschew something isn’t simply to avoid it, the way you would avoid walking in a puddle––it's stronger than that. You eschew things that you find morally or aesthetically wrong, or that you have chosen to find wrong. A dieter might eschew a chocolate sundae, not because he doesn’t like it, but because he’s afraid of what it will do to his waistline.


  • They had to show they meant it by giving up pork, eschewing alcohol, reforming their rules about polygamy, and praying five times a day.
  • While the rapper’s early body of work is filled with shock value, his more recent albums have notably eschewed more derogatory material.

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