Define the English word shunless below. Shunless is an adjective. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .
From shun + -less (suffix meaning ‘lacking, without’), probably popularized by the English playwright William Shakespeare (1564–1616) by its use in his play Coriolanus (c. 1608–1609): see the quotation.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈʃʌnləs/, /-lɪs/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈʃʌnləs/
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- Hyphenation: shun‧less
- (literary) That cannot be shunned; not to be avoided; inevitable, unavoidable.
- 1597, R[obert] T[ofte]; Edward Arber, compiler, “Laura. The Toys of a Traveller: Or The Feast of Fancy. […]”, in An English Garner: Ingatherings from Our History and Literature, volume VIII, London: Archibald Constable and Co., […], published 1896, OCLC 1152800435, part II, stanza XXXIX, page 316:
- Th' immortal Parcæ, fatal sisters three, / Of mortal men, do sing the shunless fate: / What once Was, what Is now, and what Shall Be, / Their life, their death, their fortune, and their state.
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii], page 11, column 2:
- [A]lone he entred / The mortall Gate of th'Citie, which he painted / With ſhunleſſe deſtinie: […]
- 1853, J. Read, “[Appendix I.] Sketches Taken from Dover Castle during a Storm.”, in William Jerdan, The Autobiography of William Jerdan, […], volume III, London: Arthur Hall, [George] Virtue, & Co., […], OCLC 864758350, section II (The Progress of the Storm), page 354:
- [T]he many still would cling / To toil and tears—to life and suffering; / And some, whose anguish might not brook to wait / That shunless doom, plunged headlong to their fate: […]
- 1866, Homer, “Book XVII”, in John Stuart Blackie, transl., Homer and the Iliad, volume III (The Iliad in English Verse, Books XIII.–XXIV.), Edinburgh: Edmondson and Douglas, OCLC 4731357, page 176:
- As for mine own dear life, O king, and thy most kingly head, / I tremble; since this cloud of war stout Hector rolleth o'er us / Dread-darkling; and perdition yawns with shunless gape before us.
- 1885, Richard Wagner, [anonymous], transl., Die Walküre. (The Valkyr.) First Opera of the Rhinegold Trilogy (The “Ring of the Nibelung” Cyclus), Boston, Mass.: Oliver Ditson Company, OCLC 28591453, Act II, scene i, page 20, column 2:
- O, greatest of shame! / O, shunless disgrace! / God's distress! God's distress! / Endless regret! Infinite grief! / The saddest am I among all men!
- a. 1908, Francis Thompson, “Moestitiae Encomium”, in A Renegade Poet and Other Essays, Boston, Mass.: The Ball Publishing Co., published 1910, OCLC 3077070, page 301:
- Foolishly we shun this shunless Sadness; fondly we deem of her as but huntress of men, who is tender and the bringer of tenderness to those she visits with her fearful favors.
- 1920, Denton J[acques] Snider, “Renascence Evolved”, in The St. Louis Movement in Philosophy, Literature, Education, Psychology […], St. Louis, Mo.: Sigma Publishing Co. […], OCLC 3372851, part second (Renascence), page 456:
- It seemed flung down before me by the genius presiding over my life's evolution, or if you will, by providential interposition at a turn of human destiny, with a secret but shunless behest to seize the unique opportunity.