AskDefine | Define shun

Dictionary Definition



1 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] [also: shunning, shunned]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old English scunian



  1. Avoid, especially persistently; to exclude socially.
  2. Escape (a threatened evil, an unwelcome task etc).
  3. Screen, hide.
  4. Shove, push.

Derived terms




Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of two tones, shǔn, or shùn.

Usage notes

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

Extensive Definition

Shun may refer to one of the following:
  • Shun (Chinese leader) (舜), a legendary leader of ancient China
  • To shun, which means avoiding association with an individual or group
  • Andromeda Shun, a main character in the anime Saint Seiya
  • SHUN, an Internet Relay Chat command, used to prevent a user sending messages to a server's channels
shun in French: Shun

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abstain, abstain from, avoid, be stuck-up, bilk, cold-shoulder, decline, despise, disdain, do without, dodge, double, duck, elude, eschew, evade, fight shy of, forbear, forgo, give place to, give up, hold aloof, hold aloof from, hold back, keep aloof, keep away from, keep clear of, keep from, keep hands off, keep remote from, let alone, let go by, make way for, never touch, not meddle with, not touch, pass up, rebuff, refrain, refrain from, refuse, reject, run away from, scorn, shrink from, shy, snub, spare, spurn, stand, stand aloof, stand aloof from, stay detached from, steer clear of, turn away from, withhold
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