shamefacedness

[ sheym-feyst ]SEE DEFINITION OF shamefacedness
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His mirth had some superficial signs of shamefacedness, but it was hopeful underneath.

Her fear was very natural, but out of shamefacedness I did not like to retract.

Though modest and retiring in his disposition, he has no shamefacedness.

Let us never grow ashamed of our saving Saxon shamefacedness.

He waxed excited on a subject that drew him from his shamefacedness.

He took the benefit of my shamefacedness, for which I daily punished his.

From the fame and memory of him that begot me, shamefacedness, and manlike behaviour.

It was not difficult for her to recover me and dispel this shamefacedness.

Ashton climbed out of the chair and looked at Micky with a sort of shamefacedness.

With shamefacedness they said they did not mean to be deceitful; they really believed she was dead.

WORD ORIGIN

"modest, bashful," 1550s, folk etymology alteration of shamefast, from Old English scamfæst "bashful," literally "restrained by shame," or else "firm in modesty," from shame (n.) + -fæst, adjectival suffix (see fast (adj.)). Related: Shamefacedly; shamefacedness.

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