If you purposely stay away from someone, you shun that person. A sensitive baker may ask why you are shunning her cookies.

Although the verb shun means to deliberately avoid anything, it has a specific meaning in certain groups and communities. In this case, it means to ostracize or expel from that group or community. The Amish, for example, may shun members of their order who repeatedly ignore the beliefs and rules of Amish society. The word may also be used in more casual group settings. After many attempts at being polite, you and your friends began to shun the obnoxious classmate who never let you get a word in edgewise.

Definitions of shun
  1. verb
    avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
    synonyms: eschew
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    type of:
    stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
  2. verb
    expel from a community or group
    synonyms: ban, banish, blackball, cast out, ostracise, ostracize
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    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
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