Shun Definition

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shunned, shunning, shuns
To keep away from; avoid scrupulously or consistently, often, specif., as a practice by a group against a co-worker, coreligionist, etc. who has fallen out of favor.
Webster's New World
To avoid using, accepting, engaging in, or partaking of.
Shun someone's advice; shun public recognition; shun fatty foods.
American Heritage
To refuse to accept socially; avoid having social contact with.
American Heritage
To stay away from; not go to.
American Heritage

To avoid, especially persistently.

Acrophobes shun mountaineering.

Origin of Shun

  • From Old English scunian. Cognate with Old Norse skunde/skynde (“to hasten”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English shunnen from Old English scunian to abhor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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