Definition of shun
: to avoid deliberately and especially habitually shuns publicity
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 of shun from the Web
Six years after leaving the governorship Mr Schwarzenegger could be forgiven for shunning politics.
At that time, to my family, being gay meant having no kids or family and being shunned from the world.
Of course well-meaning Americans should shun and withdraw support for groups that celebrate terrorists.
And what to make of trend-bucking strategies like Adele's 25, which shunned streaming services (and singles) for physical album sales to lift an entire category?
For decades, the IUD was roundly shunned in the United States by women and doctors alike.
The numbers reflect the trend of nations shunning coal in favor of cheaper, cleaner ways of producing electricity — chiefly natural gas, wind and solar.
Freedman said, with many edibles companies shunning use of the word candy altogether.
Despite the majority of the leaders shunning the bills that feature large tax increases, the tax bills continue to be worked on and voted on in both chambers.
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Origin and Etymology of shun
Middle English shonen, shunnen, from Old English scunian
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of shun
SHUN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shun for English Language Learners
: to avoid (someone or something)
SHUN Defined for Kids
Definition of shun for Students
: to avoid purposely or by habit He shunned noisy places.
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