- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)Refraining fromNouns1. (act of avoiding) avoidance, evasion, default, circumvention, elusion, dodge, sidestep; abstinence, forbearance, refraining (See asceticism); departure; escape, flight; truancy, hooky, French leave (See absence); subterfuge, quibble, equivocation; circuity; brush-off. Informal, the slip, the go-by, the runaround; tax shelter, blind trust. Slang, cop-out. See neglect, unwillingness.2. (one who avoids) shirker, slacker, quitter, malingerer, deserter, dodger, truant, fugitive, runaway, absconder, refugee; welsher; abstainer, teetotaler; nonparticipant. Informal, goldbrick.Verbs1. avoid, shun, sidestep, shirk, circumvent, eschew, refrain (from), not do, let alone, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, fight shy of; pass the buck; abstain, keep aloof, keep one's distance; evade, elude, dodge, lead a merry chase, get around, get by, give the runaround; put off, defer (See lateness); set one's face against; shy away from; make way for, give place to; take no part in, have no hand in; hem and haw, fudge, waffle; procrastinate, put off. Informal, take the fifth, beg the question; tap-dance. Slang, lay off or out, fake on; blow off.2. (avoid work) malinger, shirk, slack off; beg off. Slang, cop out, fob off, lie down on the job, goof off.3. (escape to avoid) flee, desert, take French leave, abscond; show or take to one's heels, beat a retreat, turn tail, run for it, cut and run, steal away, make off, slip off, take off; walk out on, go back on; skip or jump bail. Informal, shake off; drop out, top out. Slang, take it on the lam, clear out.Adjectives1. evasive, slippery [as an eel]. Slang, Teflon-coated, cagey.2. avoidable, evadable.Phrases — once bitten, twice shy.Quotations — Neurosis is the way of avoiding non-being by avoiding being (Paul Tillich).Antonyms, See pursuit.II(Roget's IV) n.Syn. evasion, delay, elusion, escape, retreat, abstention, restraint, refraining, forbearance, passive resistance, evasive action, temperance, flight, recoil, nonparticipation, shunning, shirking, sidestepping, eschewal, escape mechanism, slip*, go-by*, brush*, dodge*, duck*.Ant. meeting*, encounter, participation.III(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.evasion, dodging, bypassing, sidestepping, hedging, shirking, ducking out, averting, eschewing, shunning, refraining.IV(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The act, an instance, or a means of avoiding: bypass, circumvention, escape, evasion. See SEEK. 2. Law. An often formal act of putting an end to: abolishment, abolition, abrogation, annihilation, annulment, cancellation, defeasance, invalidation, negation, nullification, voidance. Law: extinguishment. See CONTINUE.
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