Definition of shun in US English:

shun

verbshunning, shuns, shunned

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

    ‘he shunned fashionable society’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People don't know what to do with their pain and so they shun them and they are then left alone in their pain.’
    • ‘Written, directed and co-starring Jon Favreau, this film tells the story of a boxer who shuns the mob to pursue his boxing dreams.’
    • ‘He now lives a quiet, reclusive life in rural Cheshire, with wife Christine, shunning the media spotlight.’
    • ‘It's a case of the more you attempt to avoid a public or shun publicity, the more it makes you enigmatic.’
    • ‘An actor, musician and songwriter of considerable talent, he shuns the celebrity lifestyle to relax with his family in suburban Dublin.’
    • ‘There is a small section of society that shuns the capitalistic ways of their fellow man.’
    • ‘Krusty shuns his old routines in favor of edgier material - and suddenly becomes the hottest comic in show business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Walker, 72, is a volatile, elusive individual who shuns the press, but he consented to a brief interview about Sharpton.’
    • ‘The country people were shunning the fruit because flies, which settled on dead rabbits with myxomatosis, also alighted on brambles.’
    • ‘At the same time, India shuns international scrutiny and thereby denies international humanitarian access to internally displaced.’
    • ‘Throughout the film, we see how society shuns them as unclean and useless.’
    • ‘So by claiming to shun public attention he evades confrontations and intensifies public curiosity.’
    • ‘She shuns her friends' rules and game-playing ideas from the start.’
    • ‘To eat alone by choice, shunning friends at mealtimes, would be another loss.’
    • ‘Also a divorced woman was shunned by society and treated as an outcast.’
    • ‘Because if society shuns them and refuses to hire them, then what are they left with besides more crime?’
    • ‘They have decisive, take-charge personalities in a society that shuns wishy-washiness.’
    • ‘The further that respectable society shuns the children, the more they follow the only route open to them and fulfil all negative expectations.’
    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

/ʃən//SHən/