- to keep away from (a place, person, object, etc.), from motives of dislike, caution, etc.; take pains to avoid.
Origin of shun
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- See under Yao.
- Wade-Giles, Pinyin. a legendary emperor of China who, with his successor (Shun), was a paragon of good government.
Examples from the Web for shun
The dish was a massive hit, and Shun Lee Palace subsequently received a four-star review in The New York Times.‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken
April 19, 2014
She was personally against abortion, but she did not shun those who were pro-choice.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election
January 23, 2014
Shun distractions, in other words, and you should encode events more effectively.How to Remember the Past
May 4, 2013
Can the tendency by society to isolate and shun people like me until they go mad be countered?I Was Adam Lanza, Part 2
December 22, 2012
Not knives made in Japan--most of my knives are made by Shun, which is a division of Kershaw.The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide
December 13, 2012
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
He had shunned her presence from the first: and she had grown now to shun him.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
But for that end he must move through the living world—not shun it.
Should a woman you scarcely know try the trick on you—shun her.
- (tr) to avoid deliberately; keep away from
Word Origin and History for shun
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.