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shun Syllabification: shun

Definition of shun in English:

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.

Words that rhyme with shun

begun, bun, done, Donne, dun, fine-spun, forerun, fun, gun, Gunn, hon, Hun, none, nun, one, one-to-one, outdone, outgun, outrun, plus-one, pun, run, son, spun, stun, sun, ton, tonne, tun, underdone, Verdun, won
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