shamefacedly

shamefaced

[sheym-feyst]
adjective
1.
modest or bashful.
2.
showing shame: shamefaced apologies.

Origin:
1545–55; alteration of shamefast by folk etymology; see shame, faced

shamefacedly [sheym-fey-sid-lee, sheym-feyst-lee] , adverb
shamefacedness, noun
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shamefaced (ˈʃeɪmˌfeɪst)
 
adj
1.  bashful or modest
2.  showing a sense of shame
 
[C16: alteration of earlier shamefast, from Old English sceamfaest; see shame, fast1]
 
shamefacedly
 
adv
 
shame'facedness
 
n

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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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