verb (used with object)
to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.

1300–50; Middle English eschewen < Old French eschiver, eschever < Germanic; compare Old High German sciuhen, German scheuchen, shy2

eschewal, noun
eschewer, noun
uneschewed, adjective

circumvent, boycott; forgo. Unabridged
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eschew (ɪsˈtʃuː)
(tr) to keep clear of or abstain from (something disliked, injurious, etc); shun; avoid
[C14: from Old French eschiver, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German skiuhan to frighten away; see shy1, skew]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. eschiver, from Frankish *skiuhan "dread, avoid, shun" (cf. O.H.G. sciuhen "make fearful"), from P.Gmc. *skeukhwaz. Related to shy (v.). Related: Eschewed; eschewing.
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Bible Dictionary

Eschew definition

from old French eschever, "to flee from" (Job 1:1, 8; 2:3; 1 Pet. 3:11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Many of us already eschew products that are made, raised or grown by energy and
  resource intensive methods.
But a growing number of automakers are going all-in with battery electric
  vehicles that eschew petroleum entirely.
For a second it sounded as if he were about to eschew public life forever and
  enter a Trappist monastery.
Anne must eschew her debutante ball and go to Duke on a scholarship.
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