from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To avoid; shun. See Synonyms at escape.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To avoid; to shun, to shy away from.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To shun; to avoid, as something wrong, or from a feeling of distaste; to keep one's self clear of.
- transitive v. To escape from; to avoid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unwilling; disinclined.
- To refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from; shun; avoid.
- To escape from; evade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
Full marks for keeping the word 'eschew' in common usage; and who can deny her overall claim to be "fully embracing the competition's aim of creating a tribute to a railway legend with less conventional materials."
* I am also making daring use of the word "eschew," which is forbidden by some publications as being snooty.
What I will eschew is mispoona and rapa senza testa and bianca riccia da taglio and whatever else they can think up for me in the catalogues this winter.
Did you notice I used your favorite word "eschew"?
While I highly recommend the print edition of the magazine for the simple reason that the format is handiest for reading in the bathroom, I also understand that there are people who eschew paper "eschew," pronounced "achoo," is an onomatopoeia for sneezing at something.
The founding fathers and mothers could well have joined hands with the historical Buddha who urged us to "ESCHEW FEAR" (and probably also with his other two "eschew" s-- social conformity and attachment).
Of course, "eschew" isn't exactly right -- it is monks who eschew the world, in Weber's view.
In oldest manuscripts, Greek, "Moreover (besides his words, in acts), let him." eschew -- "turn from." ensue -- pursue as a thing hard to attain, and that flees from one in this troublesome world.
And he never uses words like "eschew", because he's a plain-spoken, regular guy.
Too bad they couldn't eschew using the word "eschew" …