shun

verb
\ 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.

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But Saudi Arabia and Qatar have actively supported the rebels trying to overthrow Assad, and other states view his government as an Iranian proxy that should continue to be shunned. Bouazza Bin Bouazza, The Seattle Times, "Arab League rejects Trump’s Israel policies at annual summit," 31 Mar. 2019 In a year when people of color dominated critics' hearts and the box office, Hollywood gatekeepers continue to shun award-worthy performances in favor of old (read: white) fallbacks. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Screen Actors Guild Nominated Just One Woman of Color for an Individual Acting Award," 12 Dec. 2018 Insane prices for poor quality is the reason many shun the wines. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Your Next Hotel Room Might Have Wine On Tap," 8 Mar. 2018 Ahmadis have also long been targeted by Islamic extremists, and are shunned by many mainstream Muslims. Fox News, "Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists," 28 Sep. 2018 Some speakers shared harrowing stories of coming out, of being shunned by family, of internal conflict. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "At Boise's first Pridefest, people had to hide behind masks. Now thousands celebrate.," 16 June 2018 The Kings were able to bring in top prospects prior to the draft after years of being shunned by elite players. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Why this offseason will be different for the Kings – from the front office on down | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Apr. 2018 As more people move away from using straws and shun single-use plastics, a lot of grocery-store mainstays have seemed like a necessary evil—until now. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Loop Store Will Refill Your Haagen-Dasz and Other Groceries, Cutting Down on Waste," 25 Mar. 2019 The goal is to locate Shadowlings, mysterious creatures who hide in the forest and shun the light. Armin Brott And Samantha Feuss, The Seattle Times, "5 new twists on classic board games," 24 Aug. 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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shun

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shun

: to avoid (someone or something)

shun

verb
\ 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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