eschew

If you eschew something, you deliberately avoid it. If you live the bohemian life in the city, then most likely you eschew the suburbs.

Eschew comes from a word meaning dread, or shun. So to eschew something isn’t simply to avoid it, the way you would avoid walking in a puddle––it's stronger than that. You eschew things that you find morally or aesthetically wrong, or that you have chosen to find wrong. A dieter might eschew a chocolate sundae, not because he doesn’t like it, but because he’s afraid of what it will do to his waistline.

Definitions of eschew
  1. verb
    avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
    synonyms: shun
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    type of:
    avoid
    stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
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