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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REFUSE

But the purest and best matrons of Greece refuse to be my guests.

This request he intended to refuse, and enjoyed in advance the humiliation of young Rushton.

"Then come and dine here," said Dick, unable to refuse a neighbour hospitality.

When the news had spread, others came to join him, and he could not refuse.

If the refuse matter were taken from that, there would be nothing left.

Yet when I tell you that God did it you refuse the statement.

As for the boys, not one of them promised to attend; but neither did they refuse.

Here was an offer which the company in an English inn at that or any other date are slow to refuse.

Why resist, and refuse the glory of belonging to the faculty?

You laugh at my prescriptions, and refuse to take the remedy which I ordered.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French refuser "reject, disregard, avoid" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *refusare, frequentative form from past participle stem of Latin refundere "pour back, give back" (see refund (v.)). Related: Refused; refusing.

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