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eschew (verb) avoid.
When you eschew violence, you avoid violence. When you eschew sex, you avoid sex, especially for moral reasons. Preachers exhort people to eschew things like violence, greed, etc. That is, they preach people to avoid these things.
- If you want to write a simple, direct style easily understood by your readers, eschew pedantic and scholarly words like, ‘eschew,’ and use instead simpler words like, ‘avoid.’
- A sudden change has come over Felix. He has decided to eschew all his vices like drink, gambling, etc., and to lead an austere life instead.