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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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  • Some men had been sick for considerable periods; some had been worthless, and had shamelessly abused their freedom.

    The Teacher George Herbert Palmer
  • I need scarcely say that the tradition was groundless, but we worked it shamelessly.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • We have also given it free speech and a free press, both of which have been shamelessly abused.

  • "Thar's suthin' in that," said the old man, shamelessly abandoning the Postmaster.

  • But if,” said Pieter Gans, “the priests should get wind of this statue, so shamelessly set up for all to see?

    Flemish Legends Charles de Coster
British Dictionary definitions for shamelessly

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 shamelessly

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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