\ 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 Black Americans living in states that expanded their Medicaid programs are now more likely to be insured compared with white Americans living in states that shunned Medicaid expansion, according to a study released Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund. Paige Winfield Cunningham,, "Obamacare improved the uninsured gap between black and white Americans, study says," 16 Jan. 2020 Kevin Stefanski’s introductory press conference shunned the usual pep-talk elements of press conferences past. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns’ new head coach Kevin Stefanski chose message of alignment over bravado in his introductory press conference," 14 Jan. 2020 As Netflix’s impact on the world of cinema becomes increasingly undeniable, the younger and more diverse film academy is no longer shunning the streaming service as the old Hollywood guard tried to do. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Netflix has taken over the Oscars," 13 Jan. 2020 Democrats say McConnell is shunning the stand-alone election security legislation because it could be seen as a slap at Trump, who has discounted Russian interference in the election. Andrew Taylor, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Key Senate panel approves $250 million for election security," 19 Sep. 2019 That incident killed a family of four ex-Jehovah's Witnesses who were shunned after leaving the faith. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'Most powerful moment of your life': Large group of Jehovah's Witnesses get baptized at Chase Field," 10 Aug. 2019 Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois congressman of Tamil descent, says older migrants shunned politics, worried that names crammed with many letters would be deemed too strange by voters. The Economist, "The rising clout of Indian Americans," 23 July 2019 Mother of four Mireille Kavira, 38, says she's been shunned by her community for taking a job in Beni General Hospital’s Ebola treatment center, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. North Kivu, Time, "How Misinformation Is Making It Almost Impossible to Contain the Ebola Outbreak in DRC," 20 June 2019 OTDs often find they are shunned by the community, even their siblings and parents. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Hasidic 'defectors' find challenges, isolation in pursuing a new life," 13 June 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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14 Feb 2020

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“Shun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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