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tr.v. shunned, shun·ning, shuns
1. To avoid using, accepting, engaging in, or partaking of: shun someone's advice; shun public recognition; shun fatty foods.
2. To refuse to accept socially; avoid having social contact with: "Oddly, by being one of the few players who spoke candidly about the business of baseball, he was often shunned by the business world itself" (David Grann).
3. To stay away from; not go to: "He shunned the elevator and started up the broad marble stairs" (Frederick Irving Anderson).

[Middle English shunnen, from Old English scunian, to abhor.]

shun′ner n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shunning - deliberately avoidingshunning - deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
aversion, averting - the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away; "averting her gaze meant that she was angry"
escape - an avoidance of danger or difficulty; "that was a narrow escape"
near thing - something that barely avoids failure or disaster
References in classic literature ?
He walked slowly on; and shunning the roadside like a guilty man, turned into a meadow he well remembered; and covering his face with his hands, threw himself upon the grass.
And be here again next Thursday,' continued he, shunning her puzzled gaze.
Australian customers are increasingly turning to Internet and digital solutions to purchase insurance, shunning financial advisors, Financial Standard has reported.
And so began the process of shunning Charles Boycott.
I don't want you to lose your friends, but shunning is cruel and is never the answer.
In her tribe, unsanctioned actions led to the turning away, or shunning, of the individual who no longer exists as a viable member and Neytiri's words represent the love and acceptance that indicates reconciliation and a return to "family" status.
He promised those shunning violence would be offered incentives and protection to their families.
With half of Filipinos shunning church weddings, the Catholic Church is offering free wedding ceremonies--with free wedding rings, veils and cords to boot But no bathing suits, please, a Catholic prelate said.
And for those few who are vocal about the hypocrisy they've discovered in their former religion, shunning is a form of damage control, a preemptive maneuver that prevents the faithful--the "sheep"--from associating with those who may cause their faith to waver.
Cash-strapped and time-pressured workers are shunning trips to high-street coffee shops in the recession, opting instead for office vending machines, according to figures out today.
ALESSANDRO NESTA could be in for some trouble and strife after shunning Italy's Euro 2008 double-header with the Faroe Islands and Lithuania to get married.
Beyond the evidence of history, Greif offers a game theory argument that the Maghribi model isn't replicable because it only works within a small community, one where everybody can know everyone else and have a sense of who deserves shunning, through a process akin to that of small-town gossip.