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Definition of Refuse


  1. To deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant.
  2. 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.
  4. To disown.
  5. To deny compliance; not to comply.
  6. Refusal.
  7. That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter.
  8. Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless.

Refuse Quotations

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?
Mary Manin Morrissey

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.
Arthur Helps

I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.
Groucho Marx
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Refuse Translations

refuse in Afrikaans is weier
refuse in Dutch is afwijzen, het verdommen, afkeuren
refuse in French is refusons, refusent, refuser, refusez
refuse in German is verweigern, abweisen
refuse in Italian is rifiutare, rifiutare
refuse in Latin is renuo, abnego, nolo, quisquiliae
refuse in Portuguese is recusar, recusa
refuse in Spanish is desecho, repeler, denegar, rehusar, declinar
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