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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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  • In the quest to stay healthy while abroad, some travelers are shunning street food.
  • It stood alone, as if shunning the rest of the range.
  • The attention of peers is crucial, shunning by them a long-remembered mortification.
  • Other than denying her raises and perhaps shunning her, it can't do much to make her retire without violating federal law.
  • In some ways it's fitting to expect groups to bond by shunning the members it can isolate.
  • These stories filled him with awe for the heroism embodied in shunning the world.
  • They became unhealthy and pale, shunning physical activity for sitting around gaming.
  • Most of the efforts of people at the time were ineffective, with a partial exception for shunning and isolation.
  • But they're not the ones currently shunning science.
  • Firstly, more senior managers are shunning retirement, which makes climbing the ranks within a company tougher.
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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