Defined:  to avoid habitually especially on moral or practical grounds : shun.  It is a TRANSITIVE VERB.  (Merriam-Webster Online.)

Mercedes Thompson to the vampire Stefan:  “I thought you eschewed all things gothic.”  This after he twirled into her living room dressed in a flowing black leather duster and silk gloves.  Stefan’s usual garb is jeans and t-shirts, usually t-shirts with Scooby Doo pictured on them.  One can certainly see the disparity (Hey, good word!) between his preferred style and this night’s costuming. And if you read the Mercedes Thompson series, you know that Stefan does in fact shun stereotypical vampire accouterments.

Eschew sounds more forceful than shun and more determined than abstain.  I know we all eschew at least one thing.

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Dictionary Definitions

to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc.); shun; avoid
[from Old French eschiver, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German skiuhan to frighten away; see shy1, skew] (Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003 (

deliberately avoid using; abstain from:  he appealed to the crowd to eschew violence (Oxford Dictionaries.)


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