Definition of

Repudiate

  1. (verb, communication) cast off
    The parents repudiated their son
  2. (verb, cognition) refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
  3. (verb, communication) refuse to recognize or pay
  4. (verb, communication) reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust

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Synonyms of Repudiate

disown, renounce

Origin of the word Repudiate

  1. 1545, "to cast off by divorce," from adj. meaning "divorced, rejected, condemned" (1464), from L. repudiatus, pp. of repudiare "to divorce or reject," from repudium "divorce, rejection," from re- "back, away" + pudium, probably related to pes-/ped- "foot." The original notion may be of kicking something away, but folk etymology commonly… more

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