\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hassan took office in March after the death of John Magufuli, who had urged Tanzanians to shun masks and denounced vaccines as a Western conspiracy, to the frustration of the World Health Organization. Reuters, CNN, "Tanzanian president ditches late predecessor's rejection of masks," 10 May 2021 While sustainable funds shun fossil fuel producers, which contribute half of the world’s greenhouse gases, Cohen’s study suggests that these companies could also play a key role in stemming the damage. Hbs Working Knowledge, Forbes, "To Fight Climate Change, Should Green Investors Reconsider Big Oil?," 5 May 2021 But Omsom is part of a new generation designed for high-minded cooks who prize global flavors and shun the artificial ingredients, fillers and stabilizers of yore. Jane Black, WSJ, "These Gourmet Meal Starters Make Dinner Easier and More Interesting," 22 Apr. 2021 Wanting to prove his physical mettle and shun a life of Ivy League privilege, Ellsberg enlisted in the Marine Corps. Ben Bradlee, The New Yorker, "The Deceit and Conflict Behind the Leak of the Pentagon Papers," 8 Apr. 2021 Previously unimaginable debates took place among parts of society who would otherwise shun or block each other on other social media. Sarah El Deeb, The Christian Science Monitor, "On Clubhouse, Arabs debate taboo topics – for now," 9 Apr. 2021 Previously unimaginable debates took place among parts of society who would otherwise shun or block each other on other social media. NBC News, "Loud debates, fun banter: Mideast finds outlet in Clubhouse," 9 Apr. 2021 Given the choice between a salad and a bacon cheeseburger, most consumers shun the salad. Gary Stern, Forbes, "Michael Moss’s Book “Hooked” Explores Food Addictions And How To Overcome It," 5 Apr. 2021 Jordanians also typically shun the prospect of domestic unrest, with the political discord that is the hallmark of the region serving as a cautionary tale. Jomana Karadsheh, CNN, "Jordan's royal family drama sends shudders around the region. Here's what we know," 5 Apr. 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

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The first known use of shun was before the 12th century

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13 May 2021

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“Shun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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