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shameless

[sheym-lis] /ˈʃeɪm lɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking any sense of shame: immodest; audacious.
2.
insensible to disgrace.
3.
showing no shame.
Origin of shameless
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sceamlēas. See shame, -less
Related forms
shamelessly, adverb
shamelessness, noun
Can be confused
shameless, shameful.
Synonyms
1. brazen, indecent, impudent, bold, unabashed, unashamed. 2. hardened, unprincipled, corrupt.
Antonyms
1. modest.
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  • It is the very cast-off slough of a polluted and shameless press.

  • No bribe—and he was shameless in his offers—could wring more than that from her.

  • Eppie, like the ascendant race again, made prompt and shameless use of the avowed and very apparent weakness.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • But, as we are at our wits' end, suppose that we do a shameless thing?

    Theaetetus Plato
  • Albertina swore that there was not another living soul on earth who could help them out of this shameless situation.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for shameless

shameless

/ˈʃeɪmlɪs/
adjective
1.
having no sense of shame; brazen
2.
done without shame; without decency or modesty
Derived Forms
shamelessly, adverb
shamelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shameless
adj.

Old English scamleas "shameless, impudent, immodest;" see shame (n.) + -less. Related: Shamelessly; shamelessness. Cf. Old Norse skammlauss, Dutch schaamteloos, Old High German scamalos, German schamlos.

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