verb (used with object), shunned, shunning.
to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.

before 950; Middle English shunen, Old English scunian to avoid, fear

shunnable, adjective
shunner, noun
unshunnable, adjective
unshunned, adjective

evade, eschew.

seek. Unabridged
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shun (ʃʌn)
vb , shuns, shunning, shunned
(tr) to avoid deliberately; keep away from
[Old English scunian, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scunian "to shun, desist, to hide," of uncertain origin; not found in any other language. Perhaps ult. from PIE root *skeu- "to cover, to hide."
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Example sentences
Property, biotech, energy extraction and commodity manufacturing are shunned.
Any academic or scientist who works on this program should be shunned by his
More surprisingly, the government has shunned any serious attempts at
  structural economic reform.
People who don't cooperate are eventually shunned or jailed.
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