\ 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.

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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 While much of South Korea has shunned the consumption of dog meat, according to IDA, roughly two million dogs are eaten in the country each year, many of which are slaughtered at the annual Boknal festival. Kelli Bender,, "28 Neglected Dogs Crammed in Truck on Way to Dog Meat Festival Rescued Ahead of Slaughter," 15 Aug. 2019 But those like Luntz—who actively furthered the climate crisis and continues to refuse to admit it—should be shunned. Dave Levitan, The New Republic, "Reformed Climate Deniers Don’t Deserve Redemption," 8 Aug. 2019 But Greinke shuns the spotlight such an enormous acquisition should afford him. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rout Rockies, pick up Zack Greinke in his debut," 6 Aug. 2019 Under pressure to bolster their college applications, more students are shunning the character-building, low-paying first job for extracurricular activities and year-round academics. Robert Channick,, "High school students shunning character-building summer jobs for classes, academic camps and resume-worthy activities," 25 July 2019 Changing times Traditionally, banks have shunned customers with CIBIL scores below 750 (on a scale of 300-900). Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "Why Indian lenders are giving loans to risky customers with low credit scores," 17 June 2019 Since its inception, the Air shunned the optical, a.k.a. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: MacBook Air," 24 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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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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