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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.
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  • His food quest must be limited by shunning poisonous plants.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • So far from courting this, however, they seemed desirous of shunning it.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • I began to see, or thought I did, why Hope had shied at my offer and was now shunning me.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • He instinctively went home, shunning the conflict; the others could not.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Nor does he any longer seem desirous of shunning observation.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for shunning

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 shunning

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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