Refuse (Verb) - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Refuse (Verb)

[ 1,,G720, arneomai ]
to deny, renounce, reject," in late Greek came to signify "to refuse to acknowledge, to disown," and is translated "to refuse" in Acts 7:35; Hebrews 11:24. See DENY, No. 1.

[ 2,,G3868, paraiteomai ]
for the various meanings of which See AVOID, No. 3, denotes "to refuse" in Acts 25:11; 1 Timothy 4:7; 1 Timothy 5:11; 2 Timothy 2:23, RV (AV, "avoid"); Titus 3:10, RV (marg., "avoid;" AV, "reject"); Hebrews 12:25 (twice), perhaps in the sense of "begging off." See EXCUSE, INTREAT, REJECT.

[ 3,,G1381, dokimazo ]
"to prove, to approve," used with a negative in Romans 1:28, is translated "they refused," RV (AV, "they did not like"); RV marg., "did not approve." See APPROVE, No. 1.


(1) For parakouo, "to refuse to hear," RV in Matthew 18:17 (twice), See HEAR, A, No. 7.

(2) In 1 Timothy 4:4, AV, apobletos, "rejected" (RV), is translated "refused." See REJECT.

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