\ 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 He was beaten up and shunned by fellow members of his ultra-Orthodox Satmar sect. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 There are 48 scholarship players on UC's roster from the state of Ohio, some of whom grew up dreaming about, rooting for and, yes, perhaps shunned by during recruiting, the Buckeyes. Fletcher Page,, "Trip to Ohio State could be UC football's last shot at in-state supremacy for a long time," 7 Sep. 2019 Young scientists were afraid that researching C.F.S. would lead them to be shunned by the medical community. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 The film follows Rachel and her best friend, Adam, 17, who has been shunned by his alcoholic stepfather after coming out of the closet. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Ute Mountain Ute tribe confronts rising youth suicide rates with new mental health center," 3 Sep. 2019 These were people with very little financial resources who were outsiders and shunned by the political establishment and the business establishment in the city in the 1970s, who were working hard to change the city for the better. Greg Jefferson,, "Congressman Joaquin Castro talks about the tweet," 16 Aug. 2019 Barboza, 64, who’d also been chief marshal of the Fourth of July parade five years ago and served on multiple boards and commissions in Bristol, was suddenly shunned by furious residents following the publication of the story. Amanda Milkovits,, "Following Globe investigation, Bristol town leader loses job, faces backlash," 2 Aug. 2019 More must-read stories from Fortune: —Greta Thunberg is shunning transatlantic flights. Kelly Gilblom, Fortune, "BP’s CEO Says He’ll Sell Oil Projects to Meet Paris Climate Accord Goals," 12 Sep. 2019 David Geffen famously shuns interviews, so his Instagram account — which the mogul-philanthropist launched in 2016 — offers the only window into his private world. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "How David Geffen's Yacht Photos Became a "Status Thing" in Hollywood," 23 Aug. 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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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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