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Repudiate

repudiate

1. To cast off; to disavow; to have nothing to do with; to renounce; to reject. Servitude is to be repudiated with greater care. (Prynne)

2. To divorce, put away, or discard, as a wife, or a woman one has promised to marry. His separation from Terentis, whom he repudiated not long afterward. (Bolingbroke)

3. To refuse to acknowledge or to pay; to disclaim; as, the state has repudiated its debts.

Origin: L. Repudiatus, p. P. Of repudiare to repudiate, reject, fr. Repudium separation, divorce; pref. Re- re- _ pudere to be ashamed.


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