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[sheym-lis] /ˈʃeɪm lɪs/
lacking any sense of shame: immodest; audacious.
insensible to disgrace.
showing no shame.
Origin of shameless
before 900; Middle English; Old English sceamlēas. See shame, -less
Related forms
shamelessly, adverb
shamelessness, noun
Can be confused
shameless, shameful.
1. brazen, indecent, impudent, bold, unabashed, unashamed. 2. hardened, unprincipled, corrupt.
1. modest. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shameless
  • It is pretty shameless how those outrage sites work.
  • Leaving aside the shameless immodesty of that advice, it's actually true.
  • What is dismaying are the shameless lies about what an expensive education will get you in terms of a job or financial security.
  • Be shameless about emphasizing how your project will further social goals or have policy implications.
  • It doesn't mean shameless self-promotion or changing your personality.
  • In retrospect, your appeal to emotion was also shameless.
  • Since our products are commercially available, my post could be considered shameless commerce.
  • They favor the prolific, the outgoing, the shameless.
  • Pigs skittered between trees and sunk into mud, squealing with shameless pleasure.
  • All we're seeing is a shameless political culture being nationalized.
British Dictionary definitions for shameless


having no sense of shame; brazen
done without shame; without decency or modesty
Derived Forms
shamelessly, adverb
shamelessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shameless

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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