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 subjectelude 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 WebHuman rights activists, meanwhile, say China’s oppression of political critics, along with minority groups including Tibetan Buddhists and Muslim Uyghurs and a crackdown in Hong Kong should prompt athletes and politicians to shun the games.
BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Human rights activists, meanwhile, say China’s oppression of political critics, along with minority groups including Tibetan Buddhists and Muslim Uyghurs and a crackdown in Hong Kong should prompt athletes and politicians to shun the games.
Fox News, 20 Oct. 2021 Perel escaped to France and managed to shun doing any remote work—a significant feat for workaholics and always-on remote workers alike.
Anne Quito, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2021 In return, the TLP would shun the politics of violence and withdraw a demand to have France's ambassador expelled over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad by a French magazine, negotiators have said.
NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 Labor shortages are materializing across China as young people shun factory jobs and more migrant workers stay home, offering a possible preview of larger challenges ahead as the workforce ages and shrinks.
Liyan Qi, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 Otto adds that cheap fuel might have also played a role in making designers shun it in favor of simpler engineering.
Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 Influence from abroad and outside information are seen as threats to North Korean leadership, and the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has long been ordering his citizens to shun foreign influence, from fashion to dance moves.
Saphora Smith, NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021 That means more people are likely to shun smaller apartments for larger houses with ample home-office space.
Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 22 Oct. 2021
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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