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Synonyms for refuse
ˈrɛf yusrefuse

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refuse

    Abjure, discard, forswear, recall, recant, renounce, retract, and revoke, like abandon, imply some previous connection. Renounce (Latin re, back, and nuntio, bear a message) is to declare against and give up formally and definitively; as, to renounce the pomps and vanities of the world. Recant (Latin re, back, and canto, sing) is to take back or deny formally and publicly, as a belief that one has held or professed. Retract (Latin re, back, and traho, draw) is to take back something that one has said as not true or as what one is not ready to maintain; as, to retract a charge or accusation; one recants what was especially his own, he retracts what was directed against another. Repudiate (Latin re, back, or away, and pudeo, feel shame) is primarily to renounce as shameful, hence to divorce, as a wife; thus in general to put away with emphatic and determined repulsion; as, to repudiate a debt. To deny is to affirm to be not true or not binding; as, to deny a statement or a relationship; or to refuse to grant as something requested; as, his mother could not deny him what he desired. To discard is to cast away as useless or worthless; thus, one discards a worn garment; a coquette discards a lover. Revoke (Latin re, back, and voco, call), etymologically the exact equivalent of the English recall, is to take back something given or granted; as, to revoke a command, a will, or a grant; recall may be used in the exact sense of revoke, but is often applied to persons, as revoke is not; we recall a messenger and revoke the order with which he was charged. Abjure (Latin ab, away, and juro, swear) is etymologically the exact equivalent of the Saxon forswear, signifying to put away formally and under oath, as an error, heresy, or evil practise, or a condemned and detested person. A man abjures his religion, recants his belief, abjures or renounces his allegiance, repudiates another's claim, renounces his own, retracts a false statement. A person may deny, disavow, disclaim, disown what has been truly or falsely imputed to him or supposed to be his. He may deny his signature, disavow the act of his agent, disown his child; he may repudiate a just claim or a base suggestion. A native of the United States can not abjure or renounce allegiance to the Queen of England, but will promptly deny or repudiate it. Compare ABANDON.

    Synonyms:
    abandon, abjure, deny, disavow, discard, disclaim, disown, forswear, recall, recant, reject, renounce, repudiate, retract, revoke

    Antonyms:
    acknowledge, advocate, assert, avow, cherish, claim, defend, hold, maintain, own, proclaim, retain, uphold, vindicate

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refuseverb

    Synonyms:
    deny, withhold, reject, decline, repudiate

    Antonyms:
    grant, afford, yield, concede, acquiesce

  2. refusenoun

    Synonyms:
    offal, scum, dregs, sediment, recrement, sweepings, trash, offscourings, debris, remains, dross

    Antonyms:
    cream, pickings, firstfruits, flower, prime

Princeton's WordNet

  1. garbage, refuse, food waste, scrapsverb

    food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

    Synonyms:
    drivel, scraps, garbage, food waste

    Antonyms:
    accept, have, consent, go for, take

  2. refuse, declineverb

    show unwillingness towards

    "he declined to join the group on a hike"

    Synonyms:
    defy, turn away, correct, worsen, pass up, turn down, deny, slump, decline, resist, wane, go down, reject

    Antonyms:
    take, accept, have, go for, consent

  3. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, declineverb

    refuse to accept

    "He refused my offer of hospitality"

    Synonyms:
    freeze off, reject, rule out, go down, deny, resist, worsen, winnow out, lower, correct, decline, lour, spurn, pooh-pooh, wane, disapprove, disdain, scorn, pass up, defy, turn away, eliminate, slump, turn down

    Antonyms:
    accept, consent, take, go for, have

  4. defy, resist, refuseverb

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

    Synonyms:
    pass up, baulk, reject, stand, deny, resist, hold up, hold out, fend, hold, balk, dissent, decline, jib, turn away, stand firm, withstand, defy, protest, turn down, dare

    Antonyms:
    go for, accept, consent, have, take

  5. deny, refuseverb

    refuse to let have

    "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"

    Synonyms:
    defy, turn away, traverse, pass up, turn down, abnegate, deny, decline, resist, reject

    Antonyms:
    go for, accept, take, have, consent

  6. resist, reject, refuseverb

    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

    "His body rejected the liver of the donor"

    Synonyms:
    baulk, reject, rule out, deny, stand, stand firm, freeze off, eliminate, hold out, fend, withstand, winnow out, decline, spurn, dissent, turn away, pooh-pooh, jib, balk, disapprove, disdain, scorn, pass up, defy, protest, resist, turn down

    Antonyms:
    have, accept, consent, go for, take

  7. reject, turn down, turn away, refuseverb

    refuse entrance or membership

    "They turned away hundreds of fans"; "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"

    Synonyms:
    freeze off, eliminate, rule out, avert, deflect, deny, resist, bend, winnow out, lower, decline, lour, spurn, pass up, pooh-pooh, reject, disapprove, disdain, scorn, defy, turn away, turn down

    Antonyms:
    have, go for, accept, consent, take

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refuseverb

    Synonyms:
    deny, decline

  2. refuseverb

    Synonyms:
    reject, repudiate

  3. refusenoun

    Synonyms:
    dross, scum, dregs, sediment, lees, draff, recrement, rubbish, offal, GARBAGE, scoria, waste matter

  4. refuseadjective

    Synonyms:
    worthless, waste

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refusenoun

    Synonyms:
    offal, dregs, offscum, garbage, fag-ends, recrement, riffraff, lees, dross, draff, offscouring, rubbish, waste, culls

  2. refuseverb

    Synonyms:
    deny, decline, reject, rebuff, repulse

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How to use refuse in a sentence?

  1. Aleister Crowley:

    To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.

  2. Jamey Higham:

    This perfume is a great gift for anyone who can't refuse a French fry.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Come what may. Never ever feel frustrated in life. Because, the future is never guaranteed to become worthwhile and productive for whoever that feels frustrated. Yes! you heard me right. So, refuse to be frustrated by any circumstance or anybody. I mean, never accept frustration as your fate.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    It takes only unshakable faith to hold or stand one's ground. Yes! unless/until your faith is unshakable you can't/won't refuse to compromise your faith/belief/philosophy/religion.

  5. Katie Hobbs:

    A group of Republicans are continuing to try to appease their base who refuse to accept that... Donald Trump lost Arizona and that Donald Trump's not Donald Trump anymore.


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