\ ˈshən \
shunned; shunning

Definition of shun 

transitive verb

: to avoid deliberately and especially habitually shuns publicity

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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.

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Due to his support for Trump, his friends are shunning him from their fancy soirées at Martha’s Vineyard. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Alan Dershowitz’s Martha's Vineyard Neighbors Are Shunning Him for Defending Donald Trump," 3 July 2018 Most hotels wouldn’t accommodate these salesmen, and some bottlers shunned them. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Allen McKellar Wrote a Hopeful Essay in Hard Times and Launched a Career at Pepsi," 22 June 2018 Cities, businesses and consumers seeking ways to cut down on waste have shunned the plastic straw, which never completely breaks down and can end up in landfills or polluting oceans. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 His endorsement has been a coveted prize, and those who have shunned the president have struggled to convince party loyalists to support them. Author: Sean Sullivan, David Weigel, Anchorage Daily News, "Top House Democrat loses in upset; Trump extends his winning streak in GOP primaries," 27 June 2018 The practice, often used as an alternative to stricter forms of punishment, focuses on reconciliation and rehabilitation rather than sending the offender to jail or shunning them from the community. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "The Problem with Redemption," 15 June 2018 African American critics have argued that black parents who homeschool are shunning their Topeka, Kansas, predecessors who in the 1950s took it upon themselves to put an end to school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education. Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Radical Self-Reliance of Black Homeschooling," 17 May 2018 Barrack played an integral role in the 2016 campaign as a top fundraiser at a time when many other Republicans were shunning the upstart candidate. Tom Lobianco, Time, "Robert Mueller's Team Questions President Trump's Close Friend Tom Barrack," 5 May 2018 Her solution for not forgetting her real home was shunning assimilation. Margarita Gokun Silver, Longreads, "The Forever Nomad," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of shun

: to avoid (someone or something)


\ ˈshən \
shunned; shunning

Kids Definition of shun

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

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