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Definition of "repudiate" [re•pu•di•ate]

  • To reject the validity or authority of: "Chaucer . . . not only came to doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, but repudiated it” ( Joyce Carol Oates). (verb-transitive)
  • To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust: repudiated the accusation. (verb-transitive)
  • To refuse to recognize or pay: repudiate a debt. (verb-transitive)
  • To disown (a child, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To refuse to have any dealings with. (verb-transitive)
  • To reject the authority or validity of; refuse to accept or ratify (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To refuse to acknowledge or pay (a debt) (verb)
  • To cast off or disown (a son, lover, etc) (verb)

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Use "repudiate" in a sentence
  • "Will demands that John McCain repudiate John Hagee be balanced by calls for Barack Obama to distance himself from James Carroll?"
  • "You hate it that it isn't "conservative," because it didn't pursue "conservative" policies, but you support, defend, and don't reject -- or "repudiate" -- those policies."
  • ""Shakespeare liked to coin new words too," she said. tweet following her use of the word - something of a mix of 'refute' and 'repudiate' -"
  • "In the summer NAACP members called on tea party groups to "repudiate" what they called "racist elements" in the movement."