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shamefaced

[sheym-feyst] /ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst/
adjective
1.
modest or bashful.
2.
showing shame:
shamefaced apologies.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; alteration of shamefast by folk etymology; see shame, faced
Related forms
shamefacedly
[sheym-fey-sid-lee, sheym-feyst-lee] /ˌʃeɪmˈfeɪ sɪd li, ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
shamefacedness, noun
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Examples for shamefaced
  • She won a storm of publicity and a shamefaced invitation to the firm's headquarters.
  • shamefaced, the militia surrendered without firing a shot.
British Dictionary definitions for shamefaced

shamefaced

/ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst/
adjective
1.
bashful or modest
2.
showing a sense of shame
Derived Forms
shamefacedly (ʃeɪmˈfeɪsɪdlɪ; ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪstlɪ) adverb
shamefacedness, noun
Word Origin
C16: alteration of earlier shamefast, from Old English sceamfaest; see shame, fast1
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Word Origin and History for shamefaced
adj.

"modest, bashful," 1550s, folk etymology alteration of shamefast, from Old English scamfæst "bashful," literally "restrained by shame," or else "firm in modesty," from shame (n.) + -fæst, adjectival suffix (see fast (adj.)). Related: Shamefacedly; shamefacedness.

shamefaced, -fast. It is true that the second is the original form, that -faced is due to a mistake, & that the notion attached to the word is necessarily affected in some slight degree by the change. But those who, in the flush of this discovery, would revert to -fast in ordinary use are rightly rewarded with the name of pedants .... [Fowler]

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