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Webster 1913 Edition


Shun

Shun

,
Verb.
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.
Shakespeare
Syn. – See
Avoid
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Shun

SHUN

,
Verb.
T.
1. To avoid; to keep clear of; not to fall on or come in contact with; as, to shun rocks and shoals in navigation. In shunning Scylla, take care to avoid to avoid Charybdis.
2. To avoid; not to mix or associate with; as, to shun evil company.
3. To avoid; not to practice; as, to shun vice.
4. To avoid; to escape; as, to shun a blow.
5. To avoid; to decline; to neglect.
I haved not shunned to declare the whole counsel of God. Acts 20.

Definition 2022


Shun

Shun

See also: shun, shùn, and shǔn

Japanese

Romanization

Shun

  1. rōmaji reading of しゅん

shun

shun

See also: Shun, shùn, and shǔn

English

Verb

shun (third-person singular simple present shuns, present participle shunning, simple past and past participle shunned)

  1. (transitive) To avoid, especially persistently.
    Acrophobes shun mountaineering.
    • 2013 August 10, Lexington, Keeping the mighty honest”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.
  2. (transitive) To escape (a threatening evil, an unwelcome task etc).
  3. (transitive) To screen, hide.
  4. (transitive) To shove, push.

Derived terms

Translations

References

  • shun in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • shun in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams


Japanese

Romanization

shun

  1. rōmaji reading of しゅん

Mandarin

Romanization

shun

  1. Nonstandard spelling of shǔn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of shùn.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.