Definition of shun in US English:

shun

verb

[with object]
  • Persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution.

    ‘he shunned fashionable society’
    • ‘The country people were shunning the fruit because flies, which settled on dead rabbits with myxomatosis, also alighted on brambles.’
    • ‘Krusty shuns his old routines in favor of edgier material - and suddenly becomes the hottest comic in show business.’
    • ‘Because if society shuns them and refuses to hire them, then what are they left with besides more crime?’
    • ‘There is a small section of society that shuns the capitalistic ways of their fellow man.’
    • ‘So by claiming to shun public attention he evades confrontations and intensifies public curiosity.’
    • ‘He now lives a quiet, reclusive life in rural Cheshire, with wife Christine, shunning the media spotlight.’
    • ‘At the same time, India shuns international scrutiny and thereby denies international humanitarian access to internally displaced.’
    • ‘Unlike some serious walkers, she said she shuns isotonic sports drinks and energy bars to refuel her body during walks, preferring instead to drink water and munch nuts.’
    • ‘Throughout the film, we see how society shuns them as unclean and useless.’
    • ‘People don't know what to do with their pain and so they shun them and they are then left alone in their pain.’
    • ‘It's a case of the more you attempt to avoid a public or shun publicity, the more it makes you enigmatic.’
    • ‘Tubin shuns big gestures in favour of reasoned argument, and the result is faceless music in which the craftsmanship is admirable but the final effect unmemorable.’
    • ‘Written, directed and co-starring Jon Favreau, this film tells the story of a boxer who shuns the mob to pursue his boxing dreams.’
    • ‘The further that respectable society shuns the children, the more they follow the only route open to them and fulfil all negative expectations.’
    • ‘Also a divorced woman was shunned by society and treated as an outcast.’
    • ‘Walker, 72, is a volatile, elusive individual who shuns the press, but he consented to a brief interview about Sharpton.’
    • ‘They have decisive, take-charge personalities in a society that shuns wishy-washiness.’
    • ‘To eat alone by choice, shunning friends at mealtimes, would be another loss.’
    • ‘An actor, musician and songwriter of considerable talent, he shuns the celebrity lifestyle to relax with his family in suburban Dublin.’
    • ‘She shuns her friends' rules and game-playing ideas from the start.’
    avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, recoil from, keep away from, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with, leave alone, not touch
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Origin

Old English scunian ‘abhor, shrink back with fear, seek safety from an enemy’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

shun

/SHən//ʃən/