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Definition of Refuse
RefuseRefuse Re*fuse" (r?*f?z"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refused
(-f?zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refusing.] [F. refuser, either
from (assumed) LL. refusare to refuse, v. freq. of L.
refundere to pour back, give back, restore (see Refund to
repay), or. fr. L. recusare to decline, refuse cf. Accuse,
Ruse), influenced by L. refutare to drive back, repel,
refute. Cf. Refute.]
1. To deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to
decline to do or grant.
That never yet refused your hest. --Chaucer.
2. (Mil.) To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the
center, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular aligment
when troops ar? about to engage the enemy; as, to refuse
the right wing while the left wing attacks.
3. To decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or
petition of; as, to refuse a suitor.
The cunning workman never doth refuse The meanest
tool that he may chance to use. --Herbert.
4. To disown. [Obs.] ``Refuse thy name.' --Shak.
Refuse Re*fuse", v. i.
To deny compliance; not to comply.
Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse. --Garth.
If ye refuse . . . ye shall be devoured with the sword.
--Isa. i. 20.
Refuse Re*fuse", n.
Refusal. [Obs.] --Fairfax.
RefuseRefuse Ref`use (r?f"?s;277), n. [F. refus refusal, also, that
which is refused. See Refuse to deny.]
That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or
Syn: Dregs; sediment; scum; recrement; dross.
Refuse Ref"use, a.
Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of
no value; worthless.
Everything that was vile and refuse, that they
destroyed utterly. --1. Sam. xv.
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