August 12, 2011
- repudiate (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to refuse to have anything to do with2 : to refuse to accept or pay
- How do you use it?
- At the end of Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 2, the new king repudiates the friends whose company he enjoyed when he was a prince.
- Are you a word wiz?
Please don't turn down our request: pick the word below that you think is closest in meaning to "repudiate."Don't reject answer B. Like "repudiate," "reject" means to turn away by not accepting or receiving. It often implies an unwillingness to even consider something (as in "rejected her plan immediately"). "Decline," another synonym, suggests a polite negative response (for example, "declined the invitation"), while "refuse" often refers to a forceful or absolute denial (as in "refused to see him at all"). "Repudiate" implies a casting off or disowning as unworthy of acceptance. It is frequently used in connection with social relationships (like marriage or friendship) and can be traced back to the Latin word meaning "divorce."