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shun (verb) avoid.
To shun is to avoid something or somebody. You shun somebody's company if you don't move with them and keep away from them. You shun arguments if you avoid arguments.
- A teetotaler, he shunned alcoholic drinks and tobacco. He avoided both of them and lived in perfect health up to ninety.
- Gandhi always shunned violence. He avoided using violence and force. Whatever he wanted to achieve, he would achieve only by nonviolent and peaceful methods.