American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To avoid deliberately; keep away from. See Synonyms at escape.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To detest; abhor; shrink from.
- To go or keep away from; keep out of the neighborhood of; avoid.
- To try to escape from; attempt to elude, generally with success; hence, to evade; escape.
- To refrain from; eschew; neglect; refuse.
- To shove; push. Bailey, 1731; Halliwell.
- To shrink back; fall back; retreat.
- To avoid or evade danger or injury.
- To withhold action or participation; refrain, as from doing something.
- v. transitive To avoid, especially persistently.
- v. transitive To escape (a threatening evil, an unwelcome task etc).
- v. transitive To screen, hide.
- v. transitive To shove, push.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To avoid; to keep clear of; to get out of the way of; to escape from; to eschew.
- v. expel from a community or group
- v. avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
- From Old English scunian. Cognate with Old Norse skunde/skynde ("to hasten"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English shunnen, from Old English scunian, to abhor. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Did anybody notice Palin shun Fey at the end of the show?”
“The thing I like about this list of records-to-shun is that it avoids the obvious targets (Manilow, Kenny G) and goes after worshipped bands like Nirvana and Green Day.”
“Most significantly, of course, Bishop's poem supplies the missing moral of Wordsworth's tale of a rural village's deliberate "shun" - ning of the outcast woman's loss and pain: "Love should be put into action!”
“Shunning is a non-action -- to shun is to avoid, not to interact.”
“However, Paladino was not the party leader's choice and he, too, will learn first hand what the word 'shun' means.”
“Also, it would appear that he's not fully cognizant of the meaning of "shun".”
“Maybe its because the fans want Kristen and Rob to be together because they are our Bella and Edward, and maybe she has to kind of shun him to show that she is very happy in her current/long realtionship.”
“But by god, there were so many people willing to "shun" the "pike" that the road got a name.”
“Suits filed yesterday by the Arizona Attorney General against two restaurant owners raise the interesting question of how far members of religious groups can go in implementing a religious decision to excommunicate or "shun" a fellow member without violating civil rights laws.”
“His "Stind at ---- ice" electrified everyone; unlike poor old Aitken, whose staccato and rapid "Company company 'shun'" was never heard by anyone!”
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