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

Definition of shun

transitive verb

: to avoid deliberately and especially habitually shuns publicity

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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 Many have opted to focus on the social and ceremonial functions of their office, providing input and advice behind the scenes, or have appeared to shun politics altogether. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | LAUREN A. WRIGHT: Profiling the perfect first lady," 4 Jan. 2021 Beijing’s economic and diplomatic muscle have compelled all but a few small nations to shun Taiwan and abide by the one-China policy. Los Angeles Times, "The most important company you’ve never heard of is being dragged into the U.S.-China rivalry," 17 Dec. 2020 The decision follows a tour of Europe by U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo, who pressed Washington’s allies to shun Russian and Chinese companies’ efforts to take part in technological projects. Radoslav Tomek,, "Huawei Blocked From Sponsoring Security Event in NATO’s Slovakia," 7 Oct. 2020 The committee will not shun the Tigers, no matter what other stupid thing Dabo Swinney says before Tuesday night. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "College Football Playoff predictor: Where will Ohio State be in the first rankings?," 24 Nov. 2020 But travelers continue to shun urban markets, and a uptick in virus cases in New York has dashed hopes for a quick rebound. Patrick Clark,, "With Prices Down $200 Per Room, NYC Hotels Brace for More Pain," 9 Oct. 2020 Indonesians such as Jum make up the vast majority of palm oil workers worldwide, including in Malaysia, where most locals shun the dirty, low-paying jobs. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell,, "Palm oil is a big business and virtually impossible to avoid. The workers who cultivate it are abused.," 21 Nov. 2020 Fox News is home to some of President Trump’s biggest cheerleaders, which has paid off for the network in the form of exclusive interviews with the commander in chief and his aides who typically shun other networks. Washington Post, "Coronavirus and Fox News collide, and Chris Wallace is at the center of it," 2 Oct. 2020 For younger start-up technology firms, early stage funding remains the most difficult to come by, as venture capital firms shun making new investments to focus on keeping companies that are already in their portfolios well capitalized. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego startups rake in $933M in venture capital despite pandemic," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of shun was before the 12th century

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25 Jan 2021

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“Shun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shun

: to avoid (someone or something)


\ 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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