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).

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Example sentences
There are, however, some brave chemists who are actively eschewing the comfort
  of simplicity.
Physicists often use such simplified models, eschewing realism in order to
  concentrate on the underlying principles.
But others warn that eschewing regular screenings would be irresponsible and
  potentially deadly.
Wisely eschewing the blackboard, he popped a videotape into the vcr.
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