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repudiate

verb abandon, abdicate, abjure, abnegate, abolish, abrogate, cancel, change sides, contradict, countermand, declare null and void, decline, default, demur, deny, disallow, disannul, disavow, disbar, discard, dishonor, dissent, dissolve, exclude, forswear, negate, neglect, nullify, override, overrule, proscribe, protest, recant, refuse to accept, refuse to acknowledge, reicere, reject, repeal, repudiare, retract, reverse, revoke, set aside, spurn, withdraw
Associated concepts: repudiate a cause of action, repudiate a contract
See also: abandon, abolish, abrogate, adeem, annul, answer, blame, cancel, challenge, condemn, contemn, contradict, controvert, cross, decline, default, defect, demur, deny, deprecate, disaccord, disagree, disallow, disapprove, disavow, disclaim, disdain, dishonor, disinherit, disobey, disoblige, disown, dissent, except, exclude, forfeit, forswear, gainsay, ignore, invalidate, leave, negate, nullify, object, oust, overrule, picket, prohibit, proscribe, protest, rebut, recall, recant, refuse, refute, reject, relinquish, renounce, repel, reply, repulse, rescind, resign, revoke, secede, set aside, spurn, waive

TO REPUDIATE. To repudiate a right is to express in a sufficient manner, a determination not to accept it, when it is offered.
     2. He who repudiates a right cannot by that act transfer it to another. Repudiation differs from renunciation in this, that by the former he who repudiates simply declares that he will not accept, while he who renounces a right does so in favor of another. Renunciation is however sometimes used in the sense of repudiation. See To Renounce; Renunciation; Wolff, Inst. 339.

References in classic literature ?
He could not disavow his actions, belauded as they were by half the world, and so he had to repudiate truth, goodness, and all humanity.
The Gatholian knew that scarce the most abandoned of knaves would repudiate this solemn pledge, and so he stooped, and picking up the old man's sword returned it to him, hilt first, in acceptance of his friendship.
Supposing I say that, believing you now to have a guilty knowledge of this murder, I repudiate our bargain?
The only way to save myself was to repudiate it, and let Wingrave get out of the affair as well as he could.
which was true, though indeed there had not been anything particular to congratulate him upon), and that he begged, on behalf of himself and family, to repudiate the Marshal's offer, with all those thanks which its disinterested character and its perfect independence of all worldly considerations demanded.
A man's membership in a church can scarcely be divorced from the political program of that church unless he specifically repudiates it in public.
We have seen the contemporary results - the nihilistic yet impeccably democratic legislation that repudiates life itself
And, unless the Taliban repudiates al-Qaeda publicly, this is a nonstarter," Holbrooke said during a television interview.
As Goldwater repudiated Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, so Santorum repudiates Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.
Written by a retired engineer of 30 years' experience who struggled to find a scientific understanding of God in a world where human science repudiates the divine and mainstream religions cling to the revelations of a few designated prophets, Ancient Gods and Their Mysteries is a meticulous assembly of divine influences, scrutinized through a scientific lens, which point to periodically recurring interventions.
In a not uncommon reaction to the work of a choreographer who repudiates shallow frippery and false sentimentality, The Contract split Toronto critics and audiences.
The preface of the Baptist Faith and Message statement clearly repudiates attempts to impose creedalism on Baptist life by insisting that "confessions are only guides to interpretation, having no authority over the conscience.