\ 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 Amid a rush out of China, factories in Vietnam are holding out for enormous orders and shunning the relatively small quantities that Eccotemp imports. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "How Trump’s Trade War Is Making Lobbyists Rich And Slamming Small Businesses," 6 Jan. 2020 For a time, Jewell helped Bruce with youth football coaching (over some parents’ objections), but other outings were more difficult: He was closely monitored — and shunned. Adam Carlson,, "'88 Days of Hell': The True Story of the Atlanta Olympic Bombing and the Wrongfully Suspected Hero at the Center," 1 Jan. 2020 Men who are fearful of false accusations — and Miss Manners has heard from many of them — should not shun their female colleagues, which has professional consequences for all, but provide their own chaperones. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Wife of traveling businessman worries," 30 Dec. 2019 The very rich are polluting even more than before, shunning the front sections of big planes for the luxury of flying in private jets instead. The Economist, "2019 in review: Protest and global warming," 28 Dec. 2019 The other villagers are at first just part of the magnificent landscape in which the couple gambol, before their gossip and shunning and sabotaging begin to personify the evil that has encroached. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "The Heavy-Handed Moralism of Terrence Malick’s New Film," 13 Dec. 2019 Eroding widespread successes—such as buckling seat belts or shunning nicotine—should worry you because these changes represent reversals of public-health victories so complete that they had been forgotten. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 De-platforming people whose behavior is unacceptable is an age-old form of feedback control; Ages ago, it was called shunning or exile. Mike Loukides, Quartz, "The biggest problem with social media has nothing to do with free speech," 24 Sep. 2019 Following the lead of last year's Oscars, the Emmys shunned tradition and chose not to have a host this year. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "The Emmys Made Some Big Changes This Year to Help Ratings," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Shun.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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