\ ˈshən How to pronounce shun (audio) \
shunned; shunning

Definition of shun

transitive verb

: to avoid deliberately and especially habitually shuns publicity

Other Words from shun

shunner noun

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escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent. nothing escapes her sharp eyes avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty. try to avoid past errors evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding. evaded the question by changing the subject elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes. what she sees in him eludes me shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence. you have shunned your responsibilities eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful. a playwright who eschews melodrama

Examples of shun in a Sentence

He shuns parties and social events. After his divorce he found himself being shunned by many of his former friends.
Recent Examples on the Web So if other than Fidelity, most service providers shun the high risks of a new crypto product, how will young employees find a way to park the crypto coins in their 401(k)s? Shawn Tully, Fortune, 9 May 2022 India is also eager to take more Russian crude at bargain prices as buyers from the U.S. to Europe shun its oil. Brian Eckhouse,, 25 Mar. 2022 Last week, the International Energy Agency warned of potential significant disruptions to Russian oil production as trading houses and shipping companies shun its exports. Mary Hui, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2022 To punch down is to deride and shun people for things that O’Neil says are largely shaped by forces beyond their control; for her, these include addiction, obesity and poverty. New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 In addition, because private-equity firms have relatively short time horizons for their investments, some are more likely to keep alive environmentally risky operations that other companies shun. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 Even though being vocal about their status meant some people in their small town might shun her, Johnson successfully fought to find him a classroom. Eileen Finan,, 3 Mar. 2022 Major retailers such as Safeway have vowed to shun producers using gestation crates. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Society is quick to shun, stigmatize and belittle the blue-collar street fighter. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shun

Middle English shonen, shunnen, from Old English scunian

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“Shun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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\ ˈshən How to pronounce shun (audio) \
shunned; shunning

Kids Definition of shun

: to avoid purposely or by habit He shunned noisy places.

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