repudiate

To repudiate something is to reject it, or to refuse to accept or support it. If you grow up religious, but repudiate all organized religion as an adult, you might start spending holidays at the movies, or just going to work.

This verb usually refers to rejecting something that has authority, such as a legal contract, doctrine, or claim. In connection with debts or other obligations, repudiate is used in the specialized sense "to refuse to recognize or pay." If referring to a child or a romantic parner, repudiate is used in the sense "to disown, cast off." This verb is derived from Latin repudiare, "to put away, divorce."

Definitions of repudiate
  1. verb
    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
    “The woman repudiated the divorce settlement”
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    reject
    refuse to accept or acknowledge
  2. verb
    refuse to recognize or pay
    repudiate a debt”
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    balk, decline, refuse
    show unwillingness towards
  3. verb
    reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
    “She repudiated the accusations”
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    deny
    declare untrue; contradict
  4. verb
    cast off
    “The parents repudiated their son”
    synonyms: disown, renounce
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    apostatise, apostatize, tergiversate
    abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
    abjure, forswear, recant, resile, retract
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
    swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw
    take back what one has said
    confound, rebut, refute
    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
    deny
    refuse to accept or believe
    abnegate
    deny or renounce
    contradict, controvert, oppose
    be resistant to
    answer
    give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
    type of:
    reject
    refuse to accept or acknowledge
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