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 lover, repudiate is used in the sense "to disown, cast off." This verb is derived from Latin repudiare "to put away, divorce."

Primary Meanings of repudiate

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
cast off
Full Definitions of repudiate

v refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

“The woman repudiated the divorce settlement”
Type of:
refuse to accept or acknowledge

v refuse to recognize or pay

repudiate a debt”
Type of:
decline, refuse
show unwillingness towards

v reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust

“She repudiated the accusations”
Type of:
declare untrue; contradict

v cast off

“The parents repudiated their son”
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
rebut, refute
overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
refuse to accept or believe
deny or renounce
contradict, controvert, oppose
be resistant to
give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
Type of:
refuse to accept or acknowledge

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