What does the word eschew mean?

Usage examples for eschew

  1. But we are perhaps a little less willing to make this acknowledgment when we find the composer asking us to believe that men and women of our own time and of our own country, the characters of the 'Girl of the Golden West, ' for example, or even some of those of 'Madam Butterfly, ' should eschew the plain prose of ordinary speech and insist on discussing their love- affairs in the obviously " unnatural" medium of song. – A Book About the Theater by Brander Matthews
  2. It is perhaps the clearest style in English that does not, like those of Swift and Cobbett, deliberately or scornfully eschew rhetorical ornament. – A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895) by George Saintsbury
  3. Under those circumstances I shall eschew violence. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim