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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Other Words from shun

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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Her two older children have been taken away from her, and her family has shunned her for bringing shame on them. Washington Post, "In male-dominated Afghanistan, justice for women is complicated," 24 June 2019 The hospital workers of ward 5B grew to feel compassion for their charges at a time when the rest of society shunned them. Pat Padua, Houston Chronicle, "Moving ‘5B’ AIDS documentary also manipulative," 13 June 2019 Hockney, of all people, is aware that averting one’s gaze from the bare male form (as mainstream cinema has traditionally done, to its comical shame) means shunning a theme that has threaded like a vine through the history of art. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die” Does the Zombie Genre to Death," 14 June 2019 Entrepreneurs spent years shunning the public markets in favor of a robust vein of cash available privately. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Newly Public Tech Firms Race Back to Market as IPO Frenzy Continues," 4 Nov. 2018 Those moves weren’t inspired by new regulations, but by the bottom line: Millennials have been shunning fast-food restaurants, and chains are cooking up new ways to appeal to those customers. Anne Branigin, The Root, "What the Cluck? KFC Is Testing Out Faux Fried Chicken in the UK," 7 June 2018 The vegan lifestyle goes beyond food and includes shunning all animal byproducts, like leather and fur. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Adopting a vegetarian lifestyle brings health benefits," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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