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This word has several meanings. We'll stick to the most common one.

To repudiate something is to reject it: to refuse to accept it, usually because it's untrue, unfair, or otherwise just bad.

ruh PYOO dee ate
(or "ree PYOO dee ATE")

Part of speech:
Transitive verb.
(Like "eat," "try," and "want," all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you repudiate something or someone.)

Other common forms:
repudiated, repudiating; repudiation

How to use it:
This is a formal word with a strong negative tone.

Talk about people repudiating something they think is bad: "We repudiate her candidacy," "They repudiated the scientists' faulty conclusions," "The public has repudiated this unwise policy," "She repudiated their crude remarks," "He repudiates violence in all forms," "We repudiate hatred and bigotry."

You can also talk about people repudiating a person, often for doing something bad: "They repudiated the lawmaker for taking bribes."

You can even repudiate things that you yourself used to do or used to believe: "She repudiated her earlier claims," "He now repudiates his adolescent thoughts on religion," "They later repudiated their findings."

After what should have been a peaceful protest, its organizers repudiated the two attendees who threw rocks toward the Congressman's office windows.

He chose each word with care, explaining why he objected to the policy without outright repudiating it.

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