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Synonyms of refrain in English:


  • he appealed to the protestors to refrain from violence
    abstain, desist, hold back, stop oneself, withhold;
    forbear, forgo, do without, dispense with, resist the temptation to, avoid, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with, fight shy of, eschew, shun, renounce, forswear, abjure, leave alone, not touch, reject;
    stop, cease, finish, discontinue, give up, break off, drop
    British informal jack in
    archaic forsake
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