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    • Join Date: Apr 2007
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    pat palaio

    Can the word "eschew" be used in the sense of "to shun a person"? I told my son that one can eschew ideas (e.g. Mark eschews violence.) or things (e.g. Athough he was a millionaire, he eschewed most of the luxuries of the rich), but NOT people (e.g. By hiding behind the low wall, she was able to eschew her pursuers). He does not believe me since there is not an example of how to use the word in the American Heritage Dictionary that we use. Please clarify this for us, and provide sample sentences if you can.

    Thank you!

    Pat Palaio

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: pat palaio

    eschew - • verb abstain from. [OED]

    You can abstain from something, but not from someone. You can shun someone. The two words have a remote common derivation.

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
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    Re: pat palaio

    Thank you very much!

    Pat Palaio


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