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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.

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
Helen Keller

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.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
Albert Einstein

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
Thomas Jefferson
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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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