Definition of shun in English:


Syllabification: shun
Pronunciation: /SHən

verb (shuns, shunning, shunned)

[with object]
Persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution: he shunned fashionable society
More example sentences
  • Because if society shuns them and refuses to hire them, then what are they left with besides more crime?
  • It's a case of the more you attempt to avoid a public or shun publicity, the more it makes you enigmatic.
  • He now lives a quiet, reclusive life in rural Cheshire, with wife Christine, shunning the media spotlight.
avoid, evade, eschew, steer clear of, shy away from, fight shy of, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, have nothing to do with;
snub, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, ignore, look right through;
informal give someone the brush-off, freeze out, give someone the bum's rush, give someone the brush off


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

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