\ 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 The difficulty is reason enough to shun calorie counting. Robert J. Davis, Time, 24 Sep. 2021 Kim McGair, mother of a vaccinated 15-year-old girl, is leading a group of parents lobbying Portland Public Schools to shun mask mandates in K-12 schools now that Oregon’s oldest and most vulnerable residents have had a chance to get vaccinated. oregonlive, 15 July 2021 And Beijing has little incentive to shun the dollar., 21 Apr. 2021 The Trump administration was quick to use the DFC, discussing purchasing the shipyard with Greek officials and offering loans to get Ethiopia to shun 5G cellular equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Then rare blood clotting problems prompted a temporary suspension of that vaccine and political leaders questioned its effectiveness, prompting some Europeans to shun it. New York Times, 29 July 2021 People flock to companies that treat people well and shun companies that do not. Andrew Bilinsky, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The tiny Central American country is home to around 12,000 of the world's most conservative Mennonites, a group of Christians that live in closed communities and shun modern technology including, in some cases, electricity. CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 Many victims shun reporting, fearing the reputational blight. Frank Bajak, USA TODAY, 3 June 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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4 Oct 2021

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“Shun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 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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