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    "reject" and "repudiate"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is any scarcely perceptible difference of the meaning of the synonyms “reject” and “repudiate”?

    to reject a doctrina
    to repudiate a doctrina


    Dumbly he tried to reject the idea that this – this wasted creature.. had on that day rested in his arms.
    …so radiant and full of life his mind rejected the thought that there was anything wrong with her.
    Plotinus definitely rejects the notion that beaty is only symmetry.

    Babbitt utterly repudiated the view that he had beentrying to discover how approachable was Miss McGown.
    Immediately her mind formulated the idea, her heart indignantly repudiated it…
    .. a law which everyone recognizes in fact, though everyone repudiates in theory.

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    Re: "reject" and "repudiate"

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    Re: "reject" and "repudiate"

    Reject comes from Latin (throw away), and is a plain negation on a one-off basis.

    Repudiate comes from Latin (divorce), and is stronger, more permanent, and more absolute than the former.


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