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Latin repudiatus, past participle of repudiare, from repudium rejection of a prospective spouse, divorce, probably from re- + pudēre to shame


  • 1 : to divorce or separate formally from (a woman)
  • 2: to refuse to have anything to do with : disown
  • 3a : to refuse to accept; especially : to reject as unauthorized or as having no binding force <repudiate a contract>
b : to reject as untrue or unjust <repudiate a charge>
  • 4: to refuse to acknowledge or pay <repudiate a debt>

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