Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To reject the validity or authority of.
  • transitive verb To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust.
  • transitive verb To refuse to recognize or pay.
  • transitive verb To disown (a child, for example).
  • transitive verb To refuse to have any dealings with.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Repudiated.
  • To put away; divorce.
  • To cast away; reject; discard; renounce; disavow.
  • To refuse to acknowledge or to pay, as a debt; disclaim.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cast off; to disavow; to have nothing to do with; to renounce; to reject.
  • transitive verb To divorce, put away, or discard, as a wife, or a woman one has promised to marry.
  • transitive verb To refuse to acknowledge or to pay; to disclaim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To reject the truth or validity of something; to deny.
  • verb To refuse to have anything to do with; to disown.
  • verb To refuse to pay or honor (a debt).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cast off
  • verb refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  • verb reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
  • verb refuse to recognize or pay

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin repudiāre, repudiāt-, from repudium, divorce.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin repudiō ("cast off, reject"), from repudium ("divorce")

Examples

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  • This word is sooo good! Everyone should know it.

    July 12, 2008

  • Repudiate the churlish administration.

    August 5, 2012