American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reject the validity or authority of: "Chaucer . . . not only came to doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, but repudiated it” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
- v. To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust: repudiated the accusation.
- v. To refuse to recognize or pay: repudiate a debt.
- v. To disown (a child, for example).
- v. To refuse to have any dealings with.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put away; divorce.
- To cast away; reject; discard; renounce; disavow.
- To refuse to acknowledge or to pay, as a debt; disclaim.
- v. To reject the truth or validity of something; to deny.
- v. To refuse to have anything to do with; to disown.
- v. To refuse to pay or honor (a debt).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cast off; to disavow; to have nothing to do with; to renounce; to reject.
- v. To divorce, put away, or discard, as a wife, or a woman one has promised to marry.
- v. To refuse to acknowledge or to pay; to disclaim.
- v. cast off
- v. refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
- v. reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
- v. refuse to recognize or pay
- From Latin repudiō ("cast off, reject"), from repudium ("divorce") (Wiktionary)
- Latin repudiāre, repudiāt-, from repudium, divorce. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Will demands that John McCain repudiate John Hagee be balanced by calls for Barack Obama to distance himself from James Carroll?”
“You hate it that it isn't "conservative," because it didn't pursue "conservative" policies, but you support, defend, and don't reject -- or "repudiate" -- those policies.”
“Shakespeare liked to coin new words too," she said. tweet following her use of the word - something of a mix of 'refute' and 'repudiate' -”
“In the summer NAACP members called on tea party groups to "repudiate" what they called "racist elements" in the movement.”
“Maybe the judge really did lie, and maybe did "repudiate" his initial decision (if not formal ruling) "in order to gain himself some publicity at [Polanski's] expense," and maybe Polanski really did face serious jail time despite the initial agreement.”
“At their annual meeting in Kansas City last week the NAACP, the nation's largest civil rights organization, accused the Tea Party of harboring racist elements and called on leaders of the movement to "repudiate" those elements.”
“Not just a stirring defense of human rights, also a chance to use "repudiate" correctly.”
“The White House issued a statement calling on lawmakers to "repudiate" Mr. Barton's comments, while Vice President Joe Biden called the remarks "outrageous.”
“Many at the time believed the fabrication was a misguided splicing of the words "repudiate" and "refute.”
“Unless you're Hitler, for example, it is rarely the case that we can "repudiate" a human being.”
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