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shun

[shuhn] /ʃʌn/
verb (used with object), shunned, shunning.
1.
to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
Origin of shun
950
before 950; Middle English shunen, Old English scunian to avoid, fear
Related forms
shunnable, adjective
shunner, noun
unshunnable, adjective
unshunned, adjective
Synonyms
evade, eschew.
Antonyms
seek.

Shun

[shoon] /ʃun/
noun, Wade-Giles, Pinyin.
1.
See under Yao.

Yao1

[you] /yaʊ/
noun
1.
Wade-Giles, Pinyin. a legendary emperor of China who, with his successor (Shun) was a paragon of good government.
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Examples from the Web for shun
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  • Above all, shun the snares of women, for they are ever set for the foolish feet of the young.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I have been early taught to shun all allusion to his memory.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He had shunned her presence from the first: and she had grown now to shun him.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Should a woman you scarcely know try the trick on you—shun her.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • But for that end he must move through the living world—not shun it.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for shun

shun

/ʃʌn/
verb shuns, shunning, shunned
1.
(transitive) to avoid deliberately; keep away from
Derived Forms
shunnable, adjective
shunner, noun
Word Origin
Old English scunian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for shun
v.

Old English scunian "to shun, avoid; abhor; desist, abstain; to hide, seek safety by concealment," of uncertain origin; not found in any other language. Perhaps ultimately from PIE root *skeu- "to cover, to hide." Related: Shunned; shunning. A shun-pike (American English, 1911) was a road constructed to avoid tolls.

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