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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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  • He shunned society; avoided all unnecessary movement or excitement.

    The Pilgrims Of The Rhine Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In June the florist's shop is a poor place, sedulously to be shunned.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I have foreseen this day so long and shunned it that now I meet it almost with extended hands.

  • To keep faith with John and Milly, should I have shunned him?

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • He was without society, for he was shunned by the resident gentlemen in the neighbourhood.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for shunned

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 shunned

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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