An effective (though potentially insidious) form of social control. It can be practiced formally (e.g., excommunication or interdiction) or informally.

It can an extremely powerful tactic for usenet newsgroups that are infested by a troll. If the regulars of the group simply stop replying to or mentioning the troll, he/she may lose interest and drift away.

Shun (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shunned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Shunning.] [OE. shunien, schunien, schonien, AS. scunian, sceonian; cf. D. schuinen to slepe, schuin oblique, sloping, Icel. skunda, skynda, to hasten. Cf. Schooner, Scoundrel, Shunt.]

To avoid; to keep clear of; to get out of the way of; to escape from; to eschew; as, to shun rocks, shoals, vice.

I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Acts xx. 26,27.

Scarcity and want shall shun you. Shak.

Syn. -- See Avoid.


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