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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
shamefaced
1555, "modest, bashful," folk etymology alteration of shamefast, from O.E. scamfæst "bashful," lit. "restrained by shame," or else "firm in modesty," from shame + -fæst, adjectival suffix (see fast (adj.)).
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