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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
shun publicity
▪ He lives quietly in Acton with his wife and two sons and shuns publicity.
▪ They have little ambition, tend to shun responsibility, and like to be directed. 3.
▪ Recently bereaved widows often fell they are being shunned by people who don't know what to say to them.
▪ Some young women are shunned by their families when they become pregnant outside of marriage.
▪ When the rumors started, the children found themselves shunned by their classmates.
▪ Wilson is a quiet man who shuns publicity.
▪ As governor, Weld has shunned political action committee contributions.
▪ But unlike other Hasidic sects, Lubavitch does not shun the outside world.
▪ He is also described as the quiet one who shuns publicity and lets the rest of the band enjoy the limelight.
▪ He knew that this tunnel-like place was shunned by tramps and feared even by drunks and peg-sellers.
▪ The new pattern shunned the old industrial areas and the conurbation centres.
▪ Then came the Framework Agreement, which again shunned free-market solutions in favor of further discrimination, steep restrictions and inefficiencies.
▪ They are likely shunned by the elitists of the profession.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shun \Shun\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shunned; p. pr. & vb. n. Shunning.] [OE. shunien, schunien, schonien, AS. scunian, sceonian; cf. D. schuinen to slepe, schuin oblique, sloping, Icel. skunda, skynda, to hasten. Cf. Schooner, Scoundrel, Shunt.] To avoid; to keep clear of; to get out of the way of; to escape from; to eschew; as, to shun rocks, shoals, vice.

I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
--Acts xx. 26,27.

Scarcity and want shall shun you.

Syn: See Avoid.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


vb. (context transitive English) To avoid, especially persistently.

  1. v. avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of [syn: eschew]

  2. expel from a community or group [syn: banish, ban, ostracize, ostracise, cast out, blackball]

  3. [also: shunning, shunned]


Shun may refer to one of the following:

  • To shun, which means avoiding association with an individual or group
  • Shun (given name)
Fictional characters
  • Shun, a support character in the Japanese RPG Ar Tonelico II
  • Shun Di fictional Drunken Kung Fu Master in Virtua Fighter Series
  • Andromeda Shun, a main character in the anime Saint Seiya
  • Shun Kazami; a main character in the Bakugan anime.
Emperor Shun
  • Emperor Shun (舜), a legendary leader of ancient China
  • Emperor Shun of Han (順帝), the Han emperor
  • Emperor Shun of Liu Song (順帝), the 5th-century Southern emperor.
  • Li Zicheng, the sole member of the short-lived 17th-century Shun Dynasty
  • Shun Dynasty, dynasty established by Li Zicheng in 1644
  • "Shun" (song), a 2009 song by musician Ringo Sheena.
  • SHUN, an Internet Relay Chat command, used to prevent a user sending messages to a server's channels
  • Shun knives, a high-quality kitchen knife line owned by KAI, the Japanese group that also owns Kershaw Knives
  • Shun, a music unit led by Susumu Hirasawa
    • SYUN, a label created by Hirasawa under DIW Records named after the group
Shun (band)

(later known as "Syun") was a Japanese experimental sampling unit created by Susumu Hirasawa. The unit, while essentially over, never officially ended, with its last work being released in 1996.

Shun (song)

is a song by Japanese musician Ringo Sheena. It was the leading promotional song for her fourth album Sanmon Gossip. It was digitally released on June 1, 2009, a month before the release of the album and at the same time as Sheena's song "Futari Bocchi Jikan".

Shun (given name)

Shun (written: 旬, 駿, 俊, 峻 or 舜) is a masculine Japanese given name meaning speed. Notable people with the name include:

  • (born 1950), Japanese gymnast

  • (born 1987), Japanese footballer

  • , Japanese general

  • , (born 1990), Japanese professional baseball infielder

  • (born 1981), Japanese gymnast

  • (born 1960), Japanese writer

  • (born 1986), Japanese footballer

  • (born 1988), Japanese footballer

  • (born 1951), Japanese film director

  • , Japanese video game designer

  • (born 1986), Japanese footballer

  • (born 1982), Japanese actor, voice actor and film director

  • (born 1955), Japanese actor

  • (born 1986), Japanese baseball player

  • (born 1987), Japanese baseball player

  • (1933–2003), Japanese actor and voice actor

Usage examples of "shun".

The door is opened by man through shunning evils as sins as if of himself with the acknowledgment that he does so from the Lord.

They know and perceive, therefore, that murder, adultery, theft and false witness are sins and accordingly shun them on that account.

Unlike his father, who always held council in his throne room, Akeela shunned the throne as just another trapping of authority.

The decor was stylish to a point where it transcended style and entered the realms of perspicuous harmony, shunning grandiloquent ornamentation in favour of a visual concinnity, garnered from aesthetic principles, which combined the austerity of Bauhaus and ebullience of Burges14 into an eclectic mix before stripping them down to their fundamental essentials, to create an effect which was almost aphoristic, in that it could be experienced but never completely expressed.

If Chamberlain was right and honorable in appeasing Hitler in September 1938 by sacrificing Czechoslovakia, was Stalin wrong and dishonorable in appeasing the Fuehrer a year later at the expense of Poland, which had shunned Soviet help anyway?

Bidding farewell to the kindly shepherd I began to go down the hill mechanically, and I am still puzzled to know what instinct directed my steps towards that house, which common sense and fear also should have made me shun.

In the Oswiecim camp itself, Berel said, where one saw the chimneys flame out at night, and smelled the burning hair, meat, and fat, many inmates shunned the topic of the gassings, or even denied that they were happening.

Such and the like sins a godly covenanter must shun, lest he profane it.

It was natural, afterward, that Halla and Moran continued on to Crom Hold, just as it was natural that Moran had collected a new group of children, orphaned or Shunned.

A man is bound to remember the seniority of his years when this occurs, for a veteran of ninety and a worn out young debauchee will equally be subject to it if they do not shun the society of the sex.

It is no great court secret King Domas has been pondering that perhaps we have begun to grow stale after all these years of shunning contact with the outside.

In the final layer of legends--the layer just preceding the decline of superstition and the abandonment of close contact with the dreaded places--there are shocked references to hermits and remote farmers who at some period of life appeared to have undergone a repellent mental change, and who were shunned and whispered about as mortals who had sold themselves to the strange beings.

Only Dunster, my former friend and long-time enemy, has shunned pretence and invention and shown an unreasonable addiction to what he felt to be the truth.

In this deplorable state of body and mind, was I jogging on towards the Tweed, by the side of the small river called Ellan, when, just at the narrowest part of the glen, whom should I meet full in the face but the very being in all the universe of God would the most gladly have shunned.

Mr Fescue, the plaintiff had been shunned by his neighbours to the extent that eleven houses adjacent to his address or in the same street had been left by their occupants to avoid any connection between them and a supposed murderer.