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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
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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  • Property, biotech, energy extraction and commodity manufacturing are shunned.
  • Any academic or scientist who works on this program should be shunned by his peers.
  • More surprisingly, the government has shunned any serious attempts at structural economic reform.
  • People who don't cooperate are eventually shunned or jailed.
  • Nonetheless, the medical establishment has shunned advocates of freezing bodies for eventual revival.
  • Another option currently being shunned capitalizes on the peak oil phenomena.
  • The few who appear ahead of the curve are being rewarded by the market, while others are being shunned.
  • Despite the downturn, the nations of the world have not shunned globalisation.
  • New members shunned anything that made them seem different from the rest.
  • People are shunned or worse attacked for stepping off prescribed paths.
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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