shun

verb \ ˈshən \
Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

Definition of shun

shunned; shunning
transitive verb
: to avoid deliberately and especially habitually
  • shuns publicity

shunner

noun

Examples of shun in a Sentence

  1. He shuns parties and social events.

  2. After his divorce he found himself being shunned by many of his former friends.

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Origin and Etymology of shun

Middle English shonen, shunnen, from Old English scunian

Synonym Discussion of shun

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

SHUN Defined for English Language Learners

shun

verb

Definition of shun for English Language Learners

  • : to avoid (someone or something)


SHUN Defined for Kids

shun

verb \ ˈshən \

Definition of shun for Students

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


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